For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 14, 2001
Project Safe Neighborhoods Fact Sheet
The President's Plan to Promote Safe Neighborhoods
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a comprehensive national strategy that
will create local partnerships to effectively enforce existing gun
laws. The President's plan will provide more options to
prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to
ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough
sentences. Project Safe Neighborhoods gives each federal
district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges
that a specific community faces.
Under Project Safe Neighborhoods, U.S. Attorneys appointed by
President Bush will implement a gun violence reduction strategy based
on five key elements:
1) Partnership: U.S. Attorneys
partner with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies within
their district to coordinate community programs that are already
underway and review and prepare gun cases for prosecution in the most
2) Strategic Planning: U.S. Attorneys will
develop a plan to prosecute violent gun offenders and intensify federal
gun law enforcement using state-of-the-art technology and intelligence
gathering techniques such as crime mapping, tracing of seized guns and
ballistic technology to help connect bullets and casings to the guns
that fired them.
3) Training: U.S. Attorneys will
emphasize training on current trends, effective gun violence reduction
efforts and firearms laws. Federal prosecutors and agents
will be trained with local prosecutors and law enforcement in order to
promote better collaboration.
4) Effective Outreach: U.S. Attorneys will
with local communities to increase awareness of Project Safe
Neighborhoods, promote community involvement and send a deterrent
5) Accountability: Project Safe
will measure the impact that this renewed effort is having on reducing
crime and the long-term effect that this program is having rather than
arrests, prosecutions and convictions.
Law enforcement advisors to the Project Safe Neighborhoods program
include the Fraternal Order of Police, the National State Troopers
Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police,
National Sheriffs Association, Major Cities Chiefs of Police, Police
Executive Research Forum, National District Attorneys Association, and
the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
Backing Up Project Safe Neighborhoods With Resources in FY01
Overall, the Bush Administration will commit over $550 million over
two years to implement Project Safe Neighborhoods.
The Administration will make $233.6 million available this year to
support Project Safe Neighborhoods including:
$15.3 million for 113 new Assistant United States Attorneys to
serve as full-time gun prosecutors.
$75 million to fund approximately 600 new state and local gun
prosecutors to work in partnership with federal
law enforcement to reduce gun violence.
$44 million to improve state
criminal record keeping ensuring that violent criminals are not given
access to legal firearms.
$41.3 million to expand the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms? Integrated Violence Reduction Strategy
to target criminal gun trafficking, armed violent offenders and
prohibited gun buyers.
$28.8 million to expand and integrate FBI and ATF computerized
$19.1 million to expand ATF's Youth Crime Gun Interdiction
and support to assist U.S. Attorneys in developing community outreach
'toolkits' to expand public awareness and generate an effective
President Bush's FY02 Budget Expands Project Safe Neighborhoods
The President's FY02 Budget also includes:
Project Sentry -- $20 million for new state prosecutors and
task forces to combat juvenile gun crime; and $9.0 million for 94 new
Assistant U.S. Attorneys to focus on school gun violence and juvenile
$50 million in grants for states to hire new gun
prosecutors, conduct community outreach and other gun violence
$75 million in Project ChildSafe matching grants
to states to provide safety locks for handguns.
$35 million in grants to improve state criminal record keeping.
The Administration's Commitment to Reducing Violent Crime
Project Safe Neighborhoods is just part of the President's commitment
to protect Americans from gun crime and from other forms of violent
In addition to strict enforcement of existing gun laws, the President
supports expanding instant background checks to close the gun show
loophole and banning the importation of high-capacity ammunition
The President's budget protects Americans by continuing an all out
assault on crime, protecting its victims and working tirelessly to
deter, investigate, and prosecute those who commit Federal crimes, and
incarcerate offenders. The President has proposed overall 8%
percent increases for the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and a
7% increase for the U.S. Attorneys.
The President has also proposed a $103 million increase for programs
to reduce violence against women, as recently authorized in the
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2000. VAWA-related
funding would total $391 million.