Gang And Gun Violence Reduction



IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods Project

The IACP has partnered with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to improve law enforcement’s capacity to interdict firearms trafficking and disrupt gang activity for many years now. This program has a history of success and steady growth throughout the country. The IACP, with support from BJA, provides no-cost training and technical assistance to the law enforcement community to improve their gun violence reduction and prosecution efforts. Often in collaboration with other federal and national Project Safe Neighborhoods partners, the IACP provides site specific, regional technical assistance sessions to support Project Safe Neighborhoods, a multi year federal initiative through the Department of Justice.

The criminal acquisition and use of firearms in the United States continues to plague law enforcement officials and the communities they serve. The increase and spread of violent crime, in particular crimes committed by juveniles, must be specifically addressed to decrease the number of gun-related deaths and injuries that negatively impact the quality of life in our communities. Easy access to firearms by prohibited possessors directly affects the level of violent crime in America today. Law enforcement must employ effective enforcement tactics and policies that include community-based intervention and prevention with an emphasis on collaboration with all vested partners.

The IACP offers three different trainers for the Project Safe Neighborhoods trainings. Please see the bios for each of them below. The name of the training they are responsible for is next to the name of each trainer.

Richard Hobson - Characteristics of Armed Persons


Richard A. Hobson: Lieutenant (retired) Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC.  Mr. Hobson's tenure with the MPD included assignments in patrol operations; crime scene investigation; criminal investigations; tactical and undercover operations; training operations; curriculum development; and task force development, operations and management. As commander of Operation Ceasefire, he directed the daily activities of a nationally recognized anti-gun-violence task force, credited as one of the first and most successful of its type to specifically target gun-related violence through proactive street level firearms interdiction and investigation.  This task force recovered over 1,300 illegally possessed firearms and made over 3,500 arrests.  Since his retirement, Mr. Hobson has been involved in the development and administration of several U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance sponsored training programs, including: The Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative; Guns First; Weed and Seed; Gun Recovery and Gang Enforcement Initiative; Project Safe Neighborhoods; and Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Training Programs.  In this capacity, Mr. Hobson has trained over 85,000 members of the law enforcement community throughout the United States and Canada.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland (Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice), the American University Institute on Juvenile Justice in Britain and America and has completed several professional development and specialized training courses throughout his career.

Undersheriff Rudy Mora - Detecting Hidden Compartments 



Undersheriff Rudy Mora was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He has deep family roots in the South Valley and East Mountain.  Undersheriff Mora is a twenty-year veteran in law enforcement and has demonstrated a progressively responsible record of experience with the New Mexico State Police and Laguna Police Department/Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, including ten years of direct management and executive leadership experience. While working with the New Mexico State Police, he worked in the Uniform Patrol Division, Investigations Bureau and Special Operations Bureau.  Undersheriff Mora assisted in developing the New Mexico State Police Criminal Enforcement Policy, Citizen Encounter Policy and the Racial Profiling Policy. Undersheriff Mora has proven leadership skills with a focus on ethics, professionalism and dedicated service to the citizens of the State of New Mexico.  Undersheriff Mora has over four thousand hours of Advanced Training and holds a Command Level Certificate and Master Instructor Certificates with the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. Undersheriff Mora is a widely recognized nationwide subject matter expert in “Narco-Terrorism” and “Criminal Enforcement”.  He has instructed over seven thousand law enforcement officers throughout the United States, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Costa Rica.


Just some of the partners IACP has used in delivering PSN trainings. Please let us know if you want to work with a specific agency. 


Please contact Courtney E. Mariette at for more information regarding Project Safe Neighborhoods trainings.



Project Safe Neighborhoods to include Anti-Gang initiatives!

The goal of this training is to improve the level of knowledge, communication, and collaboration involved in addressing the criminal gang issue affecting communities throughout the nation. The curriculum is based on current policies and proven practices and strategies in the criminal justice field. The training is a collaborative effort among federal partners. Instruction is provided by experienced practitioners and subject-matter experts at no cost to attendees. This training was developed in accordance with the U.S. Department of Justice Initiative for Safer Communities to deliver comprehensive anti-gang prevention, enforcement, and prisoner reentry training for state and local law enforcement and related partner organizations.

For more information on Project Safe Neighborhoods proposed work on gang violence please visit


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