The Fight Against Gun Crime In Las Vegas
Amid the flood of headlines reporting the latest horrific gun violence in our country, United States Attorney Nicholas Trutanich recently committed to take the lead for Nevada in the Department of Justice’s announced reinvigoration of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).
“Project Safe Neighborhoods is one of the most effective crime prevention tools in the Department of Justice’s toolshed to reduce violent crime” said Trutanich during a recent summit of law enforcement officials from throughout the state. He was absolutely correct.
In the early 90’s, my colleagues and I initiated a program that was, essentially, Project Safe Neighborhoods. This was a time that PSN was but a twinkle in the eye of President George H. W. Bush’s DOJ, so we were well ahead of the curve.
Consequently, Attorney General John Ashcroft recognized our office during his keynote speech at the very first Project Safe Neighborhoods national conference in Philadelphia, in 2003. I received an award for my efforts.
As is apparent, PSN was a resounding success in Las Vegas – for a time. It’s demise in Nevada is another story, for another day…