WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services was awarded new federal resources to reduce and prevent violent crime in northern Ohio. The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs office awarded $137,447 through DOJ’s Violent and Gun Crime Reduction Program to help maintain Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) in northern Ohio.
“Local law enforcement agencies deserve the resources needed to reduce crime and keep Ohio communities safe. Protecting our families and neighborhoods from gun and gang crime should be a top priority,” Brown said. “These new federal resources are critical to empowering local law enforcement officers with the tools needed to do their jobs and to do them safely.”
According to DOJ, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a national program aimed at reducing gun and gang crime. PSN 1) takes a hard line against persons involved in gun and gang crime, using every available means to create safer neighborhoods; 2) seeks to achieve heightened coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement; and 3) emphasizes tactical intelligence gathering, more aggressive prosecutions, and enhanced accountability through performance measures. The United States Attorney in each federal judicial district will lead the offensive.
The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services will fund research and training through the Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium (NOVCC) and to support the U.S. Marshalls Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF). The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is a collaborative, district-wide law enforcement effort spearheaded by the U.S. Marshals Service that that is dedicated to the pursuit, apprehension, and successful prosecution of adult fugitives across the Northern District of Ohio.