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DENVER – United States Attorney Jason Dunn presented a Colorado law enforcement task force with national recognition from the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  Colorado’s Regional Anti Violence Enforcement Network (RAVEN) is a multi-agency task force from 13 different federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who received a national achievement award for Outstanding Partnership/Task Force from the Department of Justice.   U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn presented the award to task force leaders at the Aurora City Council Chamber this afternoon. 

“RAVEN is model program,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn.  “It is part of the gold standard in law enforcement relationships that is the hallmark of Colorado law enforcement.  This is making a real difference to our communities.”

RAVEN was recognized for its outstanding work in support of the PSN Program, which has brought important results to the Denver Metropolitan Area.  Thanks to the work of the task force, 122 violent offenders were prosecuted in 2019, and another 147 violent offenders were prosecuted this past year.

RAVEN task force members come from the ATF, the Aurora Police Department, the Denver Police Department, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Lakewood Police Department, the Denver District Attorney’s office, the Colorado Department of Corrections, the Rocky Mountain HIDTA, HSI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Revitalized in 2017, PSN is a critical piece of the Department’s crime reduction efforts.  PSN has focused on prosecuting those individuals who most significantly drive violence in our communities, and supports and fosters partnerships between law enforcement and schools, the faith community, and local community leaders to prevent and deter future criminal conduct.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

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