W-B Police Chief Attends Conference To Reduce Gun Violence

December 19, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — Police Chief Joseph Coffay was invited to and attended a national conference on reducing gun violence earlier this month. Coffay was one of four representatives from the Middle District of Pennsylvania invited to attend the National Project Safe Neighborhood Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, which was held Dec. 3-7. The invitation was initiated through the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which sponsored the trip. Chiefs of police from throughout the United States, and representatives of every agency in the U.S. Department of Justice and associated agencies involved in the project attended the conference. The conference covered all aspects of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative and ended with remarks from President Donald Trump, who has committed his administration to the initiative, according to a news release from the city. The program has had success throughout the country in the area of reducing violent crime, the release states. The project is a partnership designed to develop, implement and evaluate data-driven violence-reduction strategies in communities and improve the long-term prevention of gun violence. It was established in 2001 through support from President George W. Bush. Learn more at www.justice.gov/psn. — STAFF REPORT

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