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Released: 7/22/2010 Who do I contact? Dan Grubb
Public Information Officer
(910) 433-1896
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Fayetteville Police Department Part of Award-Winning Team
              An announcement was made at the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) national conference in New Orleans that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of North Carolina was among 24 recipients of the annual PSN Achievement Awards. Recipients were chosen from a large pool of nominations submitted by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the nation. The Eastern District North Carolina’s PSN Partnership Task Force, which includes the Fayetteville Police Department, received the Outstanding Overall Partnership/Task Force Award for its fight against gun and gang violence through a combination of aggressive enforcement, community support and positive new outlets for offenders. Due in part to Task Force Operations, the Eastern District has seen a decrease in violent crimes over the last several years. This follows recently released statistics that show a significant decrease in violent crime in the City of Fayetteville from last year. “Project Safe Neighborhoods is built upon the commitment of individuals like those we honor today. The awards celebrate the work that has been done that makes a difference,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler of the U.S. Department of Justice. “Led by our U.S. Attorneys, federal, state, tribal, local law enforcement and prosecutors are on the front lines every day. We thank you for your service, and honor your success.” Since 2001, the Eastern District has prosecuted more than 2100 defendants federally as part of its response to violent crime and since 2006, Fayetteville alone has seen a decrease of 37 percent in gun-related crimes. This is achieved locally by the Operation Ceasefire program through public awareness and education outreach events including its popular Movie Nights initiative and the Offender Notification program.  The Offender Notification program allows violent offenders to attend meetings with victims and top law enforcement officials to discuss the impact of gun violence on the community and it also serves as a warning about the serious consequences of continuing to participate in gun-related activity. Operation Ceasefire officials want offenders to realize that federal charges, which are pursued here, carry sentences more hefty than many other crimes.  “We obviously take this mission very seriously as demonstrated by this recognition”, said Sgt. James Phillips of the Fayetteville Police Department who also serves as the local Project Administrator for Operation Ceasefire. “But it’s the interest and involvement by citizens that ultimately makes the difference and eventually makes it what it will be in the future.”  Sgt. Phillips also won an award in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to PSN projects. To find out about more about Project Safe Neighborhoods and its local programs, visit the PSN website at www.psn.gov. For more information regarding Operation Ceasefire, the media is welcome to contact Sgt. James Phillips at 910-433-1016 or Charla Suggs at 484-1989.
 

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