Safe Streets, formally known as “Operation Safe Streets” , is a task force created by District Attorney Tim Cruz in June, 2015. It is a multi-agency response to target gun, drug and violent crime in the City of Brockton and its surrounding communities. This law enforcement task force is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
In 2018, District Attorney Cruz received Federal Grant Funding to move forward with Phase II of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative. Operation Safe Streets has been incorporated into PSN II and is now referred to as “Safe Streets”.
June, 2015- The District Attorney’s Office has continued efforts prosecuting gun and drug cases and has continued to refer the areas worst criminals for federal prosecution. Members of the task force meet regularly to collect data, share information and gather intelligence on problem areas and individuals within Brockton and its surrounding communities.
Operation Safe Streets is modeled after Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a national initiative started in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce gun violence in the United States. Under the program, PSN funds were used to assist local law enforcement in implementing programs to fight crime and help improve data sharing and community training. It was an extremely effective method but unfortunately, federal grant funding ran out.
As part of today’s Operation Safe Streets, community meetings that once occurred during the PSN initiative will be reconvened to allow for open channels of communication between law enforcement and area residents to discuss ongoing concerns within the community.
“I witnessed first-hand the difference PSN made in our neighborhoods during some of the deadliest times in our city. I am hopeful that Operation Safe Streets will mobilize law enforcement to reinvigorate these criminal justice philosophies and return some sense of security to the residents of Brockton and surrounding areas.”–District Attorney Tim Cruz
Members of the Task Force
- State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney’s Office
- State Police Gang Unit
- State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section
- State Police Community Action Team
- Brockton Police
- US Attorney’s Office
- Homeland Security
- Federal Bureau of Investigations
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.