September 19, 2003
WHAT: The Mecklenburg County Health Department Fighting Back Program, in partnership with the Western North Carolina District of the US Attorney's Office in Charlotte, announces the inauguration of the Mecklenburg County's Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 22.
WHERE: Villa Heights Academic Elementary School Playground
800 Everett Place (playground entrance on Catawba Avenue at Allen Street)
WHO: Peter Safir, Mecklenburg County Health Director
Robert J. Conrad, Jr., US Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina
Peter S. Gilchrist, III, Mecklenburg County District Attorney
Chief Darrel Stephens, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Dr. James L. Pughsley, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent
WHY: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a national strategy, led by the U.S. Department of Justice, to reduce gun and violent crime in our neighborhoods. Through its Fighting Back Program, the Health Department is working with federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities - as well as - community organizations, churches and neighborhood residents to reduce gun crimes and violence for the residents in Charlotte's Parkwood Corridor, including the Belmont and Villa Heights communities.
Available Visuals: PSN anti-gun violence billboard, radio and television public service announcements used to generate awareness of Mecklenburg County's renewed commitment to stop gun violence and community-based entertainment featuring bands and neighborhood step-and-drill teams.