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

  • National leader for Group Violence Intervention visits South Bend to check on city’s progress

    February 2016  |  Fox 28  

    National Network Director David Kennedy recently paid a visit to partner city South Bend, Indiana as they continue to implement their group violence intervention. 

    Tags: South Bend Group Violence Intervention

  • American Justice Summit Draws Leading Voices on Criminal Justice Reform

    February 2016  |  John Jay College News  

    "The urgent need for American justice and prison system reform took center stage at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Jan. 29, as the second annual American Justice Summit brought together individuals who are working at both the policy and grass roots levels to find creative and effective solutions for a variety of pressing problems."

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  • Tragedy Moves A Community To Combat Drug Addiction

    January 2016  |  NPR  

    Following the tragic death of a high school senior in Rutland, Vermont in 2012, "city officials, police and neighborhood activists came together to create a grassroots organization called Project VISION" to combat the city's heroin problem. The group's membership now stands at nearly 300 people ranging from local officials, law enforcement, nonprofits, service organizations, state agencies, and church groups.

    Tags: Drug Market Intervention Support and Outreach

  • Gary crime statistics show 2015 improvement

    January 2016  |  Chicago Tribune  

    "Crime is down in Gary, a news release issued by city officials announced. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson praised Gary police officers "for their untiring service to the Gary community," adding that "nearly all police and fire personnel received pay increases in 2015 and 2016."

    Tags: Gary Group Violence Intervention

  • Chicago Teens And Combat Veterans Join Forces To Process Trauma

    January 2016  |  NPR  

    "The YMCA of Metro Chicago project connects kids like Courtney-Clarks, who live in high-violence neighborhoods, with veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan and who might understand what they're going through...The Urban Warriors program is built on the idea that these kids are experiencing trauma and need to process it, and that witnessing or experiencing violence can affect how they behave at home, react at school, or lead them to commit violence themselves."

    Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention Support and Outreach

  • US attorney for Connecticut builds closer ties with police

    January 2016  |  Associated Press  

    "Federal law enforcement agencies are working more closely with big-city police departments in Connecticut to fight violent crime, the state’s top U.S. prosecutor said in an interview. Cooperation has been particularly effective in New Haven, where the police department has begun regularly sharing intelligence, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said. Representatives from Daly’s office, federal and state agencies, New Haven police and other local departments huddle together daily in meetings that began this month."

    Tags: New Haven Group Violence Intervention


NNSC Impact

22%

reduction in non-violent offenses

Rockford

27%

reduction in shootings among notified violent groups

Boston

44-56%

reduction in drug offenses in all 4 neighborhoods

High Point

37%

reduction in homicides through Project Safe Neighborhoods

Chicago

63%

reduction in youth homicide

Boston

41%

reduction in group member-involved homicide

Cincinnati

34%

reduction in homicide

Indianapolis

55%

reduction in drug offenses

Nashville

42%

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

Stockton