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 National Network for Safe Communities supports jurisdictions implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence and community disorder. Our strategies combine the best of law enforcement and community-driven approaches to improve public safety, minimize arrests and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and rebuild relationships between law enforcement and distressed communities. For media inquiries and more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
August 2014 | WNDU
Over the last four years in South Bend, shootings have gone up during the summer months. However, this year has been different. Homicide is down this summer and the South Bend community leaders involved in the city's Group Violence Intervention think it's due to the success of the call-in meeting held in May, where law enforcement, community activists, and service providers spoke directly to group members about stopping the violence. South Bend held it's second call-in August 28th.
August 2014 | Blog Talk Radio
The National Network's pilot intervention aimed at the most dangerous domestic violence offenders is showing promising results in its initial implementation in High Point, North Carolina, and heading for replication in several other cities. Domestic violence victim advocate Shay Harger saw the essence of the approach from the outset: "It was the first time I'd had somebody say to me, "the victim doesn't have to take responsibility for somebody else's behavior." Harger and High Point Chief of Police Marty Sumner discuss the OFDVI approach.
August 2014 | The Advocate
Looking to the example of veteran National Network partner High Point Police Department in High Point, North Carolina, East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office' DA Hillar Moore is hoping to adopt a new approach to target chronic domestic violence offenders, expanding on the tactics already in place for the city-parish's anti-group violence initiative, BRAVE, Baton Rouge.
August 2014 | NPR
NPR's Code Switch discusses tensions between police and communities, and means to build trust, in the aftermath of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. David Kennedy contributes the National Network's experience with shifting and resetting these relationships.
Tags: Racial Reconciliation
August 2014 | NBC News
The National Network for Safe Communities' approach in Salinas is being identified as an alternative to the conflict in Ferguson. "This is ultimately, a slow and deliberate process of trust building," says Salinas Police Department Chief Kelly McMillin
August 2014 | Fox 28 News
Two and a half months after South Bend's first call-in, GVI coordinator Dominic Zultanski says the number of shootings in South Bend are down. Out of the 21 men who attended May's call-in, fifteen men have accepted offers for services.
July 2014 | The Dispatch
The Lexington Police Department earlier this month kicked off a domestic violence initiative that's focused on offenders and replicates High Point’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative, first implemented by High Point Chief of Police Marty Sumner. Officials hope the duplication of the program will reduce repeat calls for services and injuries to victims.
July 2014 | The Courant
During a visit to Bridgeport, Gov. Dan Malloy said that programs like Project Longevity is part of a coordinated effort to keep the state's young people safer. Bridgeport's chapter of Project Longevity has reached out to 79 potential offenders between the ages of 17 and 34 — some of them with records of violent crimes — inviting them to group meetings with police officers and other members of the community to talk about the consequences of violent activity and offering to help them find jobs.
July 2014 | Kansas City Star
As of June 30, Kansas City homicides were down 31 percent from the same time last year. Coincidence or not, the decrease comes during the first months of a reorganization in the way the Kansas City Police Department fights violent crime, and follows the first full year of the ambitious and multifaceted Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA).
July 2014 | NPR's Codeswitch
Andrew Papachristos points to what he calls "the crime gap" — the huge disparity in homicide rates in different areas of the Windy City. "Even though the numbers in Chicago are what they are, the gap between the worst neighborhoods and the best neighborhoods is massive," he said. The neighborhoods that have had the highest rates of violence over the last half-century still see the most violence.
July 2014 | Michigan Radio
Prior to his return to the department a year ago, Police Chief James Craig began his career in law enforcement in Detroit in 1977 and has since then served in Los Angeles and Cincinnati. "We need to drive the message. We need to tell the story. We need to talk about our crime reduction efforts. We need to talk about the community’s perception,” Craig said.
July 2014 | Kansas City Star
Kansas City closed out June with good reasons to be encouraged that efforts to abate violent crimes may be showing results. "Using intelligence to get ahead of violence is huge," said Kansas City Police Capt. Joe McHale, who is working with Kansas City NoVA, one of the innovative ways of deploying police resources, one of the efforts that may be having results.
June 2014 | Community Foundation of New Jersey
Newark is beginning to communicate the National Network for Safe Communities' core principles directly to group members as a part of it's Violence Reduction Initiative: a message of the community’s need for the violence to stop, a message on the consequences of continued violence, and a genuine offer of help to those who want it.
June 2014 | Business Insider
A new study of gun violence in Chicago, led by Yale sociologist Andrew Papachristos, reveals that a person's social network is a key predictor in whether an individual will become a victim of gun homicide, even more so than race, age, gender, poverty, or gang affiliation.
June 2014 | Fox 28 News
South Bend Police say two men who failed to show up for a mandatory recent group violence intervention "call in" are headed back to jail. That call-in about a month ago targeted 28 men with influence in the "group" or gang community. The men were required to attend as a condition of parole.
June 2014 | Policy Exchange
Judge Steven Alm gives a presentation about the HOPE program at the Policy Exchange about This program delivers swift and certain punishment designed to change behavior with the recognition that the swiftness and certainty of punishment is more important than severity.
Tags: Swift, Certain, & Fair
June 2014 | The Advocate
City partners from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, including dedicated law enforcement representatives, faith-based community organizations, and social service providers traveled to New York for the National Network's Ceasefire University Baton Rouge workshop. The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) has already made great strides in reducing the city's homicide rate by implementing the Group Violence Intervention. This workshop focused on assisting BRAVE to institutionalize current methods, track non-fatal shootings, host further call-ins, conduct custom notifications, and strengthen the relationship between police and community members.
May 2014 | Chicago Tribune
U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon speaks on the measures his office is taking to combat crime, calling on business, law, and civic leaders to provide an alternative to the gang life offered to youth in Chicago. He unveiled one new initiative, the Youth Outreach Forum, launched this month in the Englewood and Garfield Park neighborhoods and is modeled after the Project Safe Neighborhoods program that uses a carrot-and-stick approach to try to keep those convicted of violent crimes from re-offending.