The Roswell-Chaves County SMART/PSN held a strategic planning meeting, at the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday afternoon. SMART is an acronym for State, Metropolitan Area, Rural and Tribal, while PSN stands for Project Safe Neighborhoods. The group formed during the planning stages for the Sept. 22 raids.
Their overall goal is to reduce violent crime in Roswell, with specific objectives to suppress gang activity, reduce gun violence and reduce [auth] drug trafficking.
The meeting was attended by representatives from all area law enforcement agencies. Mayor Del Jurney and City Administrator Larry Fry represented city interests. Steven Wolfe represented The Roswell Safe Coalition.
District Attorney Janetta Hicks and ADA Donald Moore are also part of the committee in this cooperative effort of state, local and federal government.
The group plans to apply for, and in some instances already has applied for, grants to obtain the funds to reach their goals. Richard Lucero of The Roswell Safe Coalition is in charge of the media funding for a billboard campaign. The Roswell Independent School District is participating in the crime prevention portion, which U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales emphasized was one of the major components of SMART for a Safer Roswell.
Gonzales praised the work that has been done so far. “I appreciate how everybody has taken to this collaborative effort.”
He pointed out that crime was “bigger than the PD, the DA or the SO. It is bigger than the U.S. Attorney’s office….”
Another part of the effort is to create a comprehensive re-entry program. “As you know many criminals are coming out of institutions and breaking laws almost the same day they are released,” Gonzales said.