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FBI JOINS FORCES WITH NON-PROFIT GROUP TO COMBAT DRUG DEALERS AND FIREARMS AT FEDERAL HOUSING PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

 FBI JOINS FORCES WITH NON-PROFIT GROUP TO COMBAT DRUG DEALERS
 AND FIREARMS AT FEDERAL HOUSING PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
 WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal law enforcement officials have joined forces with a private non-profit organization to help combat the proliferation of drug dealers and firearms at federal housing projects throughout the United States. An estimated 20 million people live in about 18,000 federally subsidized housing projects in 6,000 communities across the country.
 The National Center for Housing Management (NCHM), in cooperation with local FBI agents and officials of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), is in the process of training thousands of managers of federal residential projects how to identify, combat and eliminate drug dealers and firearms at the government subsidized facilities.
 Today, 80 managers and residents of federal housing projects in the Washington area are attending a special workshop training session. This year, the NCHM and federal law enforcement officials will hold additional training sessions for managers in 21 cities, including Atlanta, Washington, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis and San Francisco.
 Since last September, the innovative program has trained more than 2,000 managers in 50 cities.
 The two-day workshops, conducted by NCHM, are the first phase of its Realistic Approaches to Drug and Alcohol Reduction program (RADAR). Established in 1991, RADAR is the only program of its kind for property managers that focuses on substance abuse in federal housing.
 After attending the workshops, managers work closely with FBI special agents who will implement various drug and crime prevention and intervention activities at federal housing projects. Many of these agents were formerly assigned to domestic counterespionage activities during the Cold War. After the fall of communism, some of the agents were reassigned to the FBI's Drug Demand Reduction program, which is part of the federal government's war against crime and drugs.
 Workshop participants receive a manual that outlines strategies and resources available for dealing with alcohol and drug abuse, and are given guidance from speakers on how to determine whether their housing project is vulnerable to drug abuse; administrative and legal remedies; controlling and monitoring access to the property by non- residents; networking in the community; and working with school officials.
 NCHM Vice President Glenn Stevens said the purpose of the workshop is to "give property managers across the country the tools they need to help take back their communities from criminals and drug dealers. We give the managers the know-how they need to become effective anti-drug leaders in their community, teach them about the tools and resources that are available to them, and show them how to work with federal law enforcement agencies to rid their housing projects of drug problems."
 According to officials of NCHM, federally assisted residential communities that adopt the RADAR program are able to improve the safety and quality of life for staff and residents, significantly reduce maintenance and repair costs at housing projects, improve property values, and increase demand for rental units.
 NCHM is a Department of Housing and Urban Development-approved certifying organization.
 RADAR is a five-step program that trains federal housing managers how to determine the current level of illegal on-site drug activity; assess organizational and personal capabilities and commitment; prevent and eliminate drug activity on the property; form partnerships with residents, law enforcement and other organizations; and develop resident and management initiatives.
 President Nixon established NCHM by executive order in 1972 to help strengthen and professionalize the federally assisted housing industry.
 In addition to RADAR, NCHM has developed training and educational programs to improve housing management practices, strengthen existing management operations, and create new entities to help meet the demands of today's housing market.
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 /CONTACT: Edward Segal for the National Center for Housing Management, 202-333-7966/ CO: National Center for Housing Management; Federal Bureau of
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