The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) established the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) to provide an innovative framework to enhance federal support of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution authorities in building capacity to reduce violent crime. PSP is designed to promote interagency coordination by leveraging specialized law enforcement expertise with dedicated prosecutorial resources to promote public and community safety—with the end goal of reducing violent crime and making our communities safer places to live and work.
PSP’s strategic focus is to support communities that (1) struggle with sustained levels of violent crime far in excess of the national average and (2) would benefit from DOJ’s support in developing their own capacities.
PSP is a three-year commitment from DOJ to deliver no-cost customized site-specific training and technical assistance (TTA). PSP is not a grant program, and participating law enforcement agencies do not receive direct funding through this initiative. Agencies benefit from interacting with PSP network participants, learning from leading practitioners and academics, and accessing the many violence reduction tools and resources available to the sites. Please visit the PSP website at nationalpublicsafetypartnership.org to learn more about the initiative.
In 2023, DOJ will review potential candidates to join PSP. Interested jurisdictions should complete the TTA Request Form and Statement of Interest (application). Jurisdictions should also complete the Violent Crime Reduction Self- Assessment Tool. The PSP team will be notified once you submit your responses. (Results from this assessment will be reviewed by DOJ representatives.) The Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide is also recommended for you to review. In consultation with U.S. Attorneys and DOJ law enforcement partners, sites will be selected through a quantitative and qualitative evaluation process. This process will consider, at a minimum, whether a jurisdiction:
- Has violent crime rates well above the national average.
- Is presently under-resourced in its capacity to drive down violent crime (special consideration may be given to rural jurisdictions).
- Has demonstrated readiness to participate in this collaborative initiative and coordinate efforts with the local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.
- Is a mid-size or larger jurisdiction.
In addition, in making final selections, DOJ will consider geographic diversity (to ensure representation from jurisdictions in different geographic regions with distinct characteristics; although jurisdictions of any size may apply and be considered) and the availability of DOJ resources to support the location. Please note that eligible applicants are limited to units of local government and federally recognized Indian Tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
Please complete, sign, and submit the Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and Statement of Interest (application) by 11:59 p.m., ET, on April 14, 2023. Selected cities will be notified by June 15, 2023.
If you have any questions, please email BJANTTAC@usdoj.gov.