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Project Safe Neighborhoods Enforcement Training
Contact Special Agent Mark Kraft, Project Safe Neighborhoods Training Program Manager (202) 927-3130 or (202)438-9672.

Project Safe Neighborhoods Enforcement Training-This three day, intensive course on illegal firearms interdiction is a collaborative effort among the U.S. Department of Justice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, The National District Attorney's Association, the National Crime Prevention Council and ATF.  The goal of this training is to improve the level of crime gun interdiction and prosecution through a multi-disciplinary approach that emphasizes team building among the course participants; Assistant U.S. Attorneys, state and local prosecutors, state and local police officers and sheriffs and ATF special agents.  This course is based upon ATF's Firearms Trafficking Techniques Course and incorporates elements from IACP Firearms Investigation and Interdiction Technical Assistance Program.  The course focuses the resources of each partner on initiating, perfecting and prosecuting cases involving firearms traffickers and armed violent offenders.  The course is specifically designed to support Project Safe Neighborhoods and is intended for maximum impact in a single city or community.  This course is currently scheduled for six deliveries in fiscal year 2002 at sites to be determined.

PSN Enforcement Training’s Unique Three Track Training System

The training is actually three separate courses in one, providing a very integrated training package from arrest to courtroom, from patrol officers to agency heads.

Track 1
Executive Break Out Session – 3 Days
Approximately 20 participants

The executive break out session is designed for agency decision makers.  Past attendees have included the U.S. Attorney for the host district; senior state and local prosecutors; ATF Special Agents in Charge and Assistant Special Agents in Charge; Police Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs; Sheriffs and Under Sheriffs.  The Executive Track offers three hours of class on the first two mornings, followed by break out sessions facilitated by the National Crime Prevention Council.  In these sessions, senior law enforcement will candidly discuss their region’s crime gun problems, how to partner more effectively to combat violent crime, problems and barriers to progress and develop action plans and recommendations for implementing the Project Safe Neighborhoods strategy in their community.  At the conclusion of the course, they will report back to the main class on their results.

Track 2
Enforcement Training Main Track – 3 Days
Roughly 60-80 participants

The main track is designed for line prosecutors and investigators.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys, district attorneys, police, sheriff’s deputies and ATF special agents all train together.  Topics include firearms trafficking, enforcement strategies, characteristics of armed gunmen, firearms identification, firearms tracing and crime gun analysis, state and federal firearms law, presenting cases to prosecutors, prosecution strategy, designing dynamic partnerships and getting started.  Whether you are a new prosecutor or an experienced law enforcement officer, this course material is ideal for anyone who is involved in putting violent armed criminals and the illegal gun traffickers who arm them behind bars.  All speakers are internationally recognized, leading experts in their field.

Track 3
PSN Street Enforcement Training - 1 Day
(Offered twice during the duration of the entire program to maximize the number of officers who can attend)
More than 100 participants per day

Specifically designed for uniform patrol officers, this one-day course will provide police and sheriff’s deputies with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to support the PSN program in your area and enhance their margin of safety on the street.  This highly interactive course contains two four- hour blocks of instruction:

· Characteristics of Armed Gunmen – The difference between the charges of “carrying a concealed weapon” and “homicide” is about two seconds; the time it takes to draw and shoot an illegally carried weapon.  This four-hour course, designed for State and local police officers in support of the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII), provides officers with skills and abilities needed to recover crime guns from the street prior to their use in additional crimes of violence.  The course includes detailed instruction on identifying characteristics of persons who carry concealed firearms, legal issues concerning stop and frisk and articulating probable cause for searches.  Recover more crime guns and increase you personal margin of safety while on the street.  This course is taught by Lt. Richard Hobson (ret.), a 22 year veteran of Washington, DC’s Metropolitan Police.  

· Firearms Identification and Tracing Techniques – This four-hour course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to accurately identify firearms based upon markings and firearm characteristics.  This course will teach officers everything they need to know to identify a firearm as a piece of evidence for court or to provide unique identifying information so the weapon can be traced.  During the course, students will have the opportunity to identify numerous firearms from technically accurate line drawings to test the development of their skills.  Topics covered include firearms nomenclature, federal firearms marking requirements, caliber designations, commonly misidentified firearms, proof marks, firearms trafficking schemes, firearms trace procedures and the benefits of comprehensive crime gun tracing, as well as an overview of the YCGII program.

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