Project Safe Neighborhoods is designed to build strong partnerships between the community, service providers and law enforcement to reduce firearm violence and prevent youth from becoming involved in gangs. The program will be piloted in the Nicholtown neighborhood, which was selected, in part, due to its active neighborhood association and the number of resources and services already in place. Ultimately, the goal is to develop a framework for expanding Project Safe Neighborhoods to neighborhoods throughout the city.
In October 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services awarded the Greenville Police Department (GPD) $112,800 for the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services provides funding to law enforcement agencies seeking to develop or enhance programs that focus on building trust and legitimacy between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
As part of the grant, GPD is working with experts from the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC), whose mission is to reduce violence, build trust and transform public safety in partnership with communities around the world.
Project Safe Neighborhoods Kick-off Event Held in August 2022
To kick off Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Nicholtown Neighborhood Association partnered with the City of Greenville to host a two-day event facilitated by representatives from NNSC.