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Project Safe Neighborhoods Enforcement Training (PSN 3-day Program)

Project Safe Neighborhoods Enforcement Training
PSN 3-Day Program

Program Description: 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 (IACP), 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. The 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.

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

  • (Course ID FRMS-CS-0019) Track 1 (Executive Breakout Session) One Day approximately 20 participants - The executive breakout 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; and Sheriffs and Under Sheriffs. The Executive Track offers three hours of class on the first two mornings, followed by breakout 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; and problems and barriers to progress. They also will 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.

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, the 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 leading experts in their field and internationally recognized.

  • (Course ID FRMS-CS-0020) Track 2 (Enforcement Training Main Track) Two days approximately 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, the 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.
     
  • (Course ID FRMS-CS-0018) Track 3 (Street Enforcement) One day 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 their area and enhance their margin of safety on the street. This highly interactive course contains two 4-hour blocks of instruction:
     
    1. 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 4-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 your personal margin of safety while on the street.
       
    2. Firearms Identification and Tracing Techniques - This 4-hour course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to accurately identify firearms based upon markings and firearm characteristics. It will teach officers everything they need to know to identify a firearm as a piece of evidence for court or 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, the benefits of comprehensive crime gun tracing, and an overview of the YCGII program.
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Contact: Special Agent Tim Carroll (Project Safe Neighborhoods Training Program Manager) at (202) 648-8332.