Mission

The National Network for Safe Communities supports cities implementing proven strategic interventions to reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communities, and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves.The National Network is committed to building a community of practice that operates along a set of guiding principles:

First do no harm

Strengthen communities’ capacity to prevent violence

Enhance legitimacy

Offer help to those who want it

Get deterrence right

Use enforcement strategically

News & Updates

  • From CompStat to RespectStat: Accountability for Respectful Policing

    August 2015  |  Police Chief Magazine  

    "In the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri, incident and other highly visible force incidents, public trust and confidence in the police has been shattered in cities across the United States. As a result, many police departments have sought ways to restore police legitimacy through community policing initiatives, procedural justice training, and other strategies. In fact, many have turned to Chicago, Illinois, for direction, since the Chicago Police Department has been involved in such initiatives for several years. Yet surprisingly, the law enforcement community has no way to evaluate the success of these efforts. Are the police treating people respectfully or not? Is the department improving over time? How does one city compare with other cities?"

    Tags: Chicago Swift, Certain, & Fair

  • Salinas violence reduction efforts show promise

    August 2015  |  The Californian  

    "The National Council on Crime and Delinquency has found that local strategies being used to reduce violence in Salinas may be working, as explained in an evaluation published this month. The Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, a coalition of Salinas organizations and leaders, was created in 2008 to address gang violence in the area with an initial focus on the Hebbron Heights neighborhood."

    Tags: Salinas Group Violence Intervention

  • How a stretch of a South Side Chicago neighborhood rid itself of shootings

    August 2015  |  CBS Evening News  

    "It is no secret Chicago has a crime problem: murders this year are up 21 percent. But in one part of town, they're down 14 percent. The turnaround has the sounds of childhood making a comeback on Yvonne Marshall's block. 'All you hear is kids laughing and playing,' said Marshall."

    From Chicago, a story of community initiative prompted by police-neighborhood communication.

    Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention

  • “Swift, Certain, Fair” Justice Movement Grows

    August 2015  |  The Crime Report  

    From Hawaii to test sites in 28 states, the new swift-certain-fair approach to probation has spread--and continues to grow.

    Tags: Swift, Certain, & Fair

  • A Matter of Black Lives

    August 2015  |  The Atlantic  

    (William Widner / The Atlantic)

    "Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America. Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, is on a crusade to stop the killing." Jeffrey Goldberg travels to New Orleans, attends a call-in, and describes anti-violence work in the city.

    Tags: New Orleans Group Violence Intervention

  • What We Learned From German Prisons

    August 2015  |  New York Times  

    "Earlier this summer, we led a delegation of people concerned about the United States criminal justice system to visit some prisons in Germany and observe their conditions," write Nicholas Turner, president of Vera Institute, and Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College. "What we saw was astonishing,"

    Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice


NNSC Impact

22%

reduction in non-violent offenses

Rockford

37%

reduction in homicides through Project Safe Neighborhoods

Chicago

34%

reduction in homicide

Indianapolis

63%

reduction in youth homicide

Boston

41%

reduction in group member-involved homicide

Cincinnati

42%

reduction in gun homicide through Stockton Operation Peacekeeper, 1997-2002

Stockton

44%

reduction in gun assaults through Project Safe Neighborhooods

Lowell

55%

reduction in drug offenses

Nashville

27%

reduction in shootings among notified violent groups

Boston