While enforcement is a cornerstone of violence reduction, the PSN Program requires a comprehensive approach that also focuses on prevention and deterrence efforts. At the outset establishing public awareness and support for the local violent crime reduction effort is key. This entails developing effective relationships with both community leaders and residents, understanding the needs and priorities of the community, and effectively communicating how law enforcement efforts are helping to reduce crime and increase public safety. Additional, PSN encourages partnerships with local prevention and reentry programs that can help reduce violence crime by keeping at-risk populations (especially at-risk youth) from offending in the first place.
There are a variety of resources available on Prevention, such as publications.