Posted on: July 9, 2012

(Pictured left to right: ATF Victims’ Coordinator Kim Powell, Senior Special Agent Michael W. Dixon, Training Specialist Tabatha Powell, Analyst Telisa Reid, ATF Resident Agent in Charge Joel Lee and Laurel Police Chief Tyrone Stewart)
The City of Laurel was host to a Firearms Interdiction and Explosives Training for law enforcement from Laurel, Ellisville and surrounding counties including Lamar and Forrest. Firearms Identification and Trafficking, Suspect Interviewing and Debriefing, and Anti-Gang Training were some of the sessions available to the officers at no cost. Sponsored by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Operations Division and ATF Gulfport Field Office, this two-day training covered information from street gangs active Mississippi to correctly identify recovered crime guns and practical interviewing skills. The training was presented by highly trained special agents as far away as Tucson, AZ and Washington D.C..
The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing those programs with additional tools to fit the specific gun crime problems in each area. The goal is to create safer neighborhoods by reducing gun violence and sustaining that reduction. In the Southern District of Mississippi, PSN has provided federal funds for the hiring of additional federal and state prosecutors to handle gun related prosecutions.   
In 2010, Laurel Police Chief Tyrone Stewart was nominated Chairman of Project Safe Neighborhoods for the Southern District of Mississippi by the Justice Department.
For more information on Project Safe Neighborhoods, please contact Kim Powell (504) 402-0549 or Tabatha Williams at (202) 648-8339.