United States – U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office, federal and local law enforcement partners, and members of the USVI’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force will participate in a community involvement meeting at the Bovoni Community Center on St. Thomas at 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 19th.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide community members with an opportunity to share their ideas and concerns about public safety. Shappert and representatives from the law enforcement community will also discuss the U.S. Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, as well as human trafficking, public safety and other community concerns.
According to U.S. Attorney Shappert, “Project Safe Neighborhoods is a critical component of our crime reduction strategy, and this year, we are focusing our efforts on the Bovoni Community. We believe that hearing feedback from the people who live in Bovoni is the first step to identifying issues and formulating effective strategies. PSN is a tested and proven way to invest in our communities and foster vital partnerships.” Shappert noted that the Department of Justice has allocated resources to the U.S Virgin Islands to expand the PSN program.
“PSN enables the United States Attorney’s Office, together with our law enforcement partners, to target and prioritize criminal prosecutions of the most violent offenders in the most violent locations.” Shappert emphasized that the October 19th meeting is only one of several outreach activities planned in the next few months as part of the PSN initiative.
SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on Thursday, October 11, 2018.