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    The National Network's strategies have been deployed in many jurisdictions for nearly two decades. Evaluations have concluded that there is strong empirical evidence for their effectiveness in reducing violence and community disorder.


The crime prevention strategies of the National Network for Safe Communities have attracted significant media attention over twenty years. This page features the most recent coverage of our work and a searchable archive of media about the National Network's projects around the nation and abroad.

The National Network convenes regular conferences, working sessions and webinars to discuss and promote developments in its core areas of operation, showcase innovations, and set research and development priorities.


Recent Press

What Makes a Good Cop? David Kennedy on Nuanced Policing

January 2015  |  WNYC   

National Network Director David M Kennedy sat down with Alec Baldwin on WNYC Radio's Here's The Thing to discuss how the Group Violence Intervention works, and how it was first developed in Boston as "Operation Ceasefire."

Tags: New York City Group Violence Intervention Racial Reconciliation

FBI honors UMKC for professors’ work with KC No Violence Alliance

December 2014  |  Kansas City Star   

The FBI honored University of Missouri-Kansas City professors Andrew Fox and Ken Novak with an award for Community Leadership for their work with the Kansas City No Violence Alliance in identifying the city's most violent criminals using social network analysis.

Tags: Kansas City Group Violence Intervention

The Police-Community Divide

December 2014  |  WNYC  

David Kennedy joined WNYC's Brian Lehrer show's family meeting on race and justice to speak about the DOJ National Initiative and community's role in resetting and reshaping everyday encounters between law enforcement and the community. "Yes, this is about race--but more importantly, it's about relationships," says Kennedy. 

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American Justice Summit 2014: Breaking The Cylce of Violence

November 2014  |  Tina Brown Media  

During the American Justice Summit hosted at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CBS News' Michelle Miller spoke with Equal Justice Initiative director Bryan Stevenson, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and director David Kennedy about breaking the cycle of violence. Since implementing GVI with NOLA 4 LIFE, the homicide rate citywide in New Orleans has dropped 20 percent, to the lowest level the city has seen in 30 years.

Tags: Group Violence Intervention Racial Reconciliation

Connie Rice and Bill Bratton Discuss Police-Community Partnerships

October 2014  |  CUNY John Jay  

Last month, Connie Rice of Advancement Project and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton sat down at the Bridging the Great Divide workshop, hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Open Society Foundations, to discuss issues between police and communities.

 

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President Obama Refers to National Initiative at Congressional Black Caucus Awards dinner

September 2014  |  The White House, Office of the Press Secretary  

Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Awards annual dinner, President Barack Obama addressed the corrosive effect of mistrust between minority communities and law enforcement, adding that it harms communities that need law enforcement the most.

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Racial Reconciliation

“A Moment of Decision” About Policing

September 2014  |  WNYC  

John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis spoke with Brian Lehrer of WNYC Radio about the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice and the broader context of present police-community relations in America.

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Justice Department Launches Effort To Establish Trust Between Police, Communities

September 2014  |  St. Louis Public Radio  

St. Louis Public Radio discusses this month's recent announcement of the National Initiative to Build Community Trust and Justice with John Jay president Jeremy Travis and the Office of Justice Programs' senior policy advisor Ed Chung.

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Racial Reconciliation

The next frontier in police reform: training cops in empathy

September 2014  |  Vox  

Vox discusses the Justice Department's new initiative to strengthen the relationships between communities and the criminal justice system, which National Network for Safe Communities will lead. This article does a great job of breaking down the main ideas behind the initiative: enhancing procedural justice, reducing implicit bias, and promoting racial reconciliation between police and the communities they serve.

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Justice Department aims to rebuild trust in police with community engagement initiative

September 2014  |  PBS Newshour  

In the wake of the death of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department is launching a $5 million initiative to foster better relationships between communities and their police departments. Gwen Ifill talks to Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity and Ronald Hampton of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Racial Reconciliation

A Different Response to Intimate Partner Violence

September 2014  |  COPS Office Dispatch  

High Point Chief of Police Marty Sumner recently spoke to the COPS Office Dispatch about the city's initiative that places accountability squarely on domestic violence offenders, which is having a striking impact. Using the National Network’s approach, the strategy emphasizes deterrence, early intervention, and offender accountability, and since its implementation in 2009, High Point has experienced significant reductions in DV-related homicides, recidivism, and arrests.

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Police urged to directly engage with minority communities

January 2015  |  Lima Ohio   

Mistrust of police only serves to make violent neighborhoods worse, said David Kennedy at the Ohio Task Force on Policing. He spoke in Cleveland at the first of four statewide forums examining relations between police and minority communities.

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How to Slow Down Shootings in a City Plagued by Gun Violence

January 2015  |  The Huffington Post  

When you consider who falls victim to gun violence, the statistical data doesn't seem random at all. A new study by Yale's Andrew Papachristos shows that the networks through which this violence spreads are rather small and specific. And the key to curbing the epidemic might be similar to efforts used to contain other infectious diseases.

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention Social Network Analysis

How the LAPD Got Smart and Started Winning the War Against Street Gangs

January 2015  |  VICE News  

David M. Kennedy says Los Angeles' progress from the aggressive policing of the 1990s to the preventative, community-oriented policing of the 2000s is representative of the national change in thinking about about how to make communities safer.

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Kansas City’s Group Violence Intervention in Action

December 2014  |  Jackson County Prosecutor's Office   

Group enforcements are a key focus of the KC No Violence Alliance’s goal to reduce violence in Kansas City. Group members associated with violence are engaged before any enforcement and offered services and other help. “They were offered anything we could do to help them choose a different path and to interrupt a cycle of violence,” said Kansas City Police Department Major Joe McHale. “Instead they chose violence.”

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Relationship Between Police And Community In Focus At Crime Prevention Conference

December 2014  |  WAMC Radio  

As part of a two-day event hosted by the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services at the Gideon Putnam resort in Saratoga Springs, more than 250 law enforcement professionals attended a conference on New York’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative, or GIVE. The GIVE program targets 20 communities that account for 86 percent of the state’s violent crime outside New York City.

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High Point Community Against Violence receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

November 2014  |  National Network  

Congratulations to the community arm of High Point's longstanding effort, High Point Community Against Violence, who was presented with the FBI Director's award for community outreach and leadership in the area of crime prevention, community engagement and education. An organization in each state is recognized annually, and HPCAV was the North Carolina statewide recipient of this award.  The official announcement presentation will take place in Washington, DC in early 2015.

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“The Task Force,” Episode 7

November 2014  |  Nooga.com  

In this podcast, David Morton recommends David Kennedy’s book, Don’t Shoot, and discusses his recent experience as a third-party observer during one of Chattanooga’s Violence Reduction Initiative call-ins. 

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Better Strategies Sought to Curb Domestic Violence

November 2014  |  AP  

High Point's Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI) gives offenders a clear message from law enforcement and the community that the violence must stop, a major shift from traditional domestic violence responses that place the onus on the victim to report the abuse and testify about it in court. Says Kennedy of the approach, "The feedback from the women is, 'You've got his attention. Things are better. Keep it up, and keep me out of it.'"

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Kennedy: Don’t give up, Chattanooga’s anti-violence strategy will work

November 2014  |  Times Free Press  

David Kennedy writes in the Times Free Press outlining why Chattanooga VRI was developed and urging the city to stay dedicated to the strategy. "It remains the best—if still an imperfect—route to preventing violence and incarceration among those most likely to be touched by both; helping law enforcement to do their job in a way that does not harm, and instead strengthens the communities they serve; and supporting the community to step forward, stand together with law enforcement, and reset its own public safety standards," Kennedy says. "We have yet to see a city where this has been done well and the streets have not responded--if not immediately, then sooner rather than later. Chattanooga is, and will be, no different."

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DOJ offers police training in Ferguson

November 2014  |  MSNBC  

In light of continuing tensions in Ferguson, MO, the COPS Office of DOJ recently held a 2 day training for area police that includes lessons on how police can acknowledge, identify and filter implicit racial bias. MSNBC's Trymaine Lee discusses the training and highlights the DOJ’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which the National Network is leading. “The ultimate goal is to get people to see that the issue of implicit racial bias is real and a part of human behavior,” said Ron Davis, director of the COPS Office. “If it becomes too cut and dry you talk about people being racist, people get really defensive because nobody wants to be called a racist.”

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International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference 2014

October 2014  |  National Network   

At the International Association of Chief of Police Conference in Orlando this year, the National Network conducted panels on custom notifications and street level enforcement with our partners from Chicago, Philadelphia, and High Point. And in his opening address, Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated the importance of the new National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice in repairing relationships between minority communities and the criminal justice system: “We do ourselves a disservice if we dismiss, or fail to address, the conditions and lingering tensions that exist just beneath the surface in so many places across the country – and that were brought to the surface, and raised to the urgent attention of this group and others, by this summer’s events in Ferguson, Missouri."

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When Prosecutors Align on Guns

October 2014  |  New York Times  

Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, a coalition comprised of prosecutors from 30 major cities held it's first meeting late October in Atlanta to share expertise and best practices to combat gun-related issues surrounding group violence, domestic abuse, and mental health. "The coalition aims to build on what Manhattan District Attorney's Office Cyrus Vance (Prosecutors Against Gun Violence co-chairman) believes is a common denominator: 'Everybody believes that people should not be victimized by gun violence.'"

Tags: Group Violence Intervention Strategic Prosecution

John Jay College Presents Findings on Misdeameanor arrests in New York City

October 2014  |  John Jay College   

A new report by John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis and Professor Preeti Chauhan has found that New York’s crime is down to historic lows; felony arrests have dropped in half; and yet the rate of misdemeanor arrests has tripled, acutely impacting young men of color. The National Network believes this report gives a clear picture of the type of low level police activity that often increases friction between police and minority communities. This friction creates a profound imperative to enact strategies that promote fair, procedurally just policing, and foster racial reconciliation between police and communities. These are the priorities of both the National Network’s violence interventions and the new DOJ’s new National Initiative that we are leading.

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