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Ogden safer thanks to Safe Neighborhood Project, say federal, state and local leaders

Posted at 8:19 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 22:19:11-04

OGDEN, Utah — A coalition of federal, state and local agencies gathered in Ogden to celebrate a dramatic reduction in violent crime.

Project Safe Neighborhoods started a targeted pilot program in Ogden, first announced in April of 2018. It’s a federal grant program funding intelligence gathering, legal groundwork, and policing resources to go after gang and drug crimes.

“It’s made a huge impact very quickly,” said U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber.

The numbers for Ogden:

  • Violent crime down 20% in January to September of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018
  • Reports of shots fired down 50% in the same period
  • 74 offenders charged with more than 20 convictions
  • 115 guns seized
  • Over 270 lbs of illegal drugs seized.