About Us

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. PSN is led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices (USAO) in the 94 federal judicial districts that comprise the 50 states and U.S. territories.

Partnerships between law enforcement agencies and prosecutors strengthen PSN task forces. Such partnerships bring additional resources to address violent crime that are not available in any single organization. This includes tangible resources such as personnel, funding, and training, but also a broader perspective and street level perspectives and intelligence.

CNA, in partnership with Major Cities Chiefs Association and the National District Attorneys Association, provides specialized TTA to PSN sites around law enforcement and prosecution strategies in support of local PSN project goals through distance learning opportunities, direct support from regional liaisons, tailored training, and peer exchange opportunities.

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CNA applies research, analysis, and technical assistance to solve complex problems in the public and government sectors. Through methodologically sound scientific research grounded in field operations analysis and assistance—and through close connections with justice agency management and operations—CNA helps local, state, and federal organizations achieve practical results that save lives, promote justice, and improve trust and accountability in justice system operations.

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The Major Cities Chiefs (MCCA) is a professional organization of police executives representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada. The MCCA provides a unique forum for urban police, sheriffs and other law enforcement chief executives to discuss common problems, to share information and problem-solving strategies. MCCA articulates the public safety needs of large cities in the formulation of criminal justice policy.


NDAA was formed in 1950 by local prosecutors to give a focal point to advance their causes and issues at the national level. NDAA representatives regularly meet with the Department of Justice, members of Congress and other national associations to represent the views of prosecutors to influence federal and national policies and programs that affect law enforcement and prosecution.

The NDAA is governed by a board of directors that is made up of state directors appointed to the board by the prosecuting associations of the states, and current and past officers of the association. The officers are chosen by the board annually to govern the NDAA; they are the president, president-elect, treasurer, assistant treasurer, secretary, assistant secretary, and ten vice-presidents. The outgoing president becomes the chairman of the board.