By OJJDP News at a Glance Staff
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) held the first National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) Summit on September 11–13, 2017, in New Orleans, LA. Established in June, PSP is a DOJ-wide program that enables cities to consult with and receive coordinated training and technical assistance and an array of resources to enhance local violence-reduction strategies.
At the summit, DOJ officials, executive leaders and key stakeholders from PSP sites, and violence-reduction experts discussed evidence-based programs and practices to increase public safety, reduce violence, and enhance partnerships in the participating communities. Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson welcomedthe participants and highlighted the Department of Justice’s focus, through the Public Safety Partnership, to help communities expand their capacity to fight serious violent crime. “PSP relies on data and evidence and taps federal and local expertise to design crime-fighting strategies,” he said. “Its objective is to marshal resources from participating agencies, to share knowledge, and to make sure communities have what they need to meet the pressing challenges they face.”
Presentation topics included law enforcement partnerships at the federal level, transforming the policing culture to foster public safety, increasing public trust, advancing technology in crime-fighting efforts, leveraging local partnerships, establishing PSP peer networks for information sharing, and police foundations as law enforcement partners.