• Impact

    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

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. 

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Drug Market InterventionGroup Violence Intervention Racial Reconciliation

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Tags: High Point Domestic Violence Intervention

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.

Tags: High Point Group Violence Intervention

“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. 

Tags: Chattanooga Group Violence Intervention

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.'"

Tags: High Point Domestic Violence Intervention

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."

Tags: Chattanooga Group Violence Intervention

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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Neighborhood sees change after APD’s Drug Market Intervention program

October 2014  |  KXAN  

A neighborhood in East Austin notorious for crime, prostitution and drug-dealing, is looking a lot different these days, partly due to APD's Drug Market Intervention launched 2 years ago.

Tags: Austin Drug Market Intervention Racial Reconciliation

Lawyers Band Together To Fight Gun Violence

October 2014  |  NPR News  

A new group called Prosecutors Against Gun Violence has formed to find solutions to gun violence in the U.S. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with co-chairs, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. and city attorney of Los Angeles Mike Feuer.

Tags: Strategic Prosecution

AUSA Christopher Poole Recognized For Work With Chattanooga Violence Reduction Initative

October 2014  |  The Chattanoogan  

Last week, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Poole was recognized by the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys with the Exceptional Service Award for his work with Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative, initiated by the city in 2013. U.S. Attorney Killian congratulated him, “The Eastern District of Tennessee is fortunate to have many quality federal prosecutors. I am proud that Assistant U.S. Attorney Poole was recognized for his exceptional work with this important initiative with the city of Chattanooga.”

Tags: Chattanooga Group Violence Intervention

Stop and Frisk: The Role of Police Strategies and Tactics in Police-Community Relations

October 2014  |  Urban Institute  

Tensions between police and community members fueled by stop and frisk and “hot spots” policing bring issues surrounding police legitimacy to the fore, particularly in high crime areas and communities of color. In this video webinar, panels discuss the variations in practice across police departments, how research can inform efforts to control crime while enhancing police-community relations, and identify the challenges ahead.

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

Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims a Heads Up

October 2014  |  NPR News  

New research by Andrew Papachristos found that violence is concentrated amongst a tiny network. Tracing that network could lead to public health measures to protect would-be victims, writes Shankar Vedantam, NPR's national health correspondent.

Tags: Chicago Social Network Analysis

University collaborates with law enforcement to reduce violence in Baton Rouge

October 2014  |  The Daily Reveille  

Louisiana State University's sociology department is working toward reducing crime through the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project.

Tags: Baton Rouge Group Violence Intervention

Does Race Matter in Policing?

September 2014  |  Fusion  

Recent research suggests that police diversity and police-involved shootings are not related, despite widespread belief. Instead, the key element, as experts and cops suggest, is communication and understanding. Tracey Meares, who developed a strategy to instruct officers to explain how their actions can hurt their community rather than making aggressive demand agrees that while diversity can be important, what really matters on the ground is how an officer handles an interaction. “What really matters to people, more than how representative of the population a police force is, is how they treat people." Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin notes,"cultural competencies are really important.” 

Tags: Salinas Group Violence Intervention Racial Reconciliation

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