POLICE

Salt Lake leaders touting success of Project Safe Neighborhood

Mar 29, 2022, 6:27 PM
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall during a press conference March 29, highlighting the success o...
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall during a press conference March 29, highlighting the success of Project Safe Neighborhood. On Thursday, Mendenhall called for vigilance from drivers in light of recent tragedies. (KSL TV via Facebook)
(KSL TV via Facebook)

SALT LAKE CITY — Police, federal prosecutors and Salt Lake City leaders are touting the success of Project Safe Neighborhood, which they claim has led to a double-digit percentage drop in gun and drug crime over the past year. 

Project Safe Neighborhood

Since the project started in early 2021, 200 criminals have been arrested in Salt Lake City and charged with drug or gun crimes.  Mayor Erin Mendenhall says the program is now running like a well-oiled machine. And the people who have been convicted are serving an average of 38 months in prison.

Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown says they’ve taken in a large number of guns since the program started, and many of those weapons were stolen.

He said, “Since the start of Project Safe Neighborhood, we have seized at least 221 guns, and as the mayor said, 27 of those guns, just this year alone.”

Brown says they’ve kept focus on taking guns out of the hands of criminals. He added that every gun and drug seized is making the city safer and healthier.

“Almost every time I have stood at this podium, we have talked about the proliferation of guns in our community and the harm gun violence has caused,” Brown said.

Along with the guns, U.S. Attorney for Utah Andrea Martinez they’ve cracked robbery cases and seized large amounts of drugs.

Martinez said, “Over 108 pounds of methamphetamine has also been taken off of the streets.”

Two-thirds of people arrested were on parole or probation

The project is a collaboration with Salt Lake City Police, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Office, Unified Police Department, the Utah State Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  One big key to their success comes from working with federal prosecutors to see if the crimes rise to federal levels.  Martinez says two-thirds of the people they’ve arrested were either already on probation or parole.

She said, “[Figures] show that we are pursuing dangerous criminals who repeatedly victimize individuals and commit crimes in Salt Lake City.”

However, officials say the program isn’t nearly as effective without the help of the public.  They’re calling on everyone in Salt Lake City to report suspicious or illegal activity.

Today’s Top Stories

Police

Provo Police car pictured, they are investigating a crash on state street...
Samantha Herrera

Deadly day for Utah roads, two killed in separate crashes on State Street

A motorcyclist was killed in a Provo crash on State Street this morning while a motorist died in a crash in Pleasant Grove only hours later.
17 hours ago
pedestrian ogden freeway fatal...
Simone Seikaly

Pedestrian killed on NB I-15 in Ogden, another in critical condition

The Utah Highway Patrol said two people were on the left shoulder of the freeway just prior to 24th Street when they were hit.
17 hours ago
bodies found in West Jordan home...
Simone Seikaly

Father and son found dead inside West Jordan home

Police said the men were residents of the home, and that there is no current danger to the public.
17 hours ago
(Getty Images)...
Mark Jones

Man in possession of fentanyl pills, heroin arrested at SLC airport

A Weber County man was charged in court after being arrested last week in possession of roughly 4,100 fentanyl pills and 378 dosages of heroin.
2 days ago
Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill...
Simone Seikaly

Salt Lake County DA will not file charges in officer-involved incident

Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill says an incident on March 17, 2022, doesn't fall into the category of an officer-involved critical incident.
2 days ago
FILE: The sun sets as a rainstorm blows over Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab on Sat...
Devin Oldroyd

Body found in Arches National Park Saturday

rand County Sheriff's Office reports the body of a female was found in Arches National Park Saturday, Oct. 1.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Salt Lake leaders touting success of Project Safe Neighborhood