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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

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.


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

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

Community members and law enforcement join together to stop gun violence in South Bend

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.

Tags: South Bend Group Violence Intervention

Shattered Lives: Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative

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.

Tags: High Point Domestic Violence Intervention

Message Getting Across in Sixth Peoria Don’t Shoot Call-In

August 2014  |  Central Illinois Proud  

Don't Shoot in Peoria held it's sixth call-in with group members, and the dedicated community members involved in the strategy believe the message is getting across. 

Tags: Peoria Drug Market InterventionGroup Violence Intervention

EBR prosecutors take new tack in domestic violence prosecutions

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.

Tags: Baton RougeHigh Point Domestic Violence Intervention

For People of Color, Relationships With Police Are Complicated

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

Can Smarter Police Work Prevent Another Ferguson?

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

Tags: Salinas

Update on South Bend gang violence intervention program

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.

Tags: South Bend Group Violence Intervention

Lexington Police launch domestic violence initiative

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.

Tags: Domestic Violence Intervention

Old Cops Teach New Picks: NYPD Rookies Learn To Relate

July 2014  |  WNYC  

A new report from WNYC's Kathleen Horan talks about how the 79th precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of eight precincts taking part in a pilot program that aims to show new cops how to bring a more personable approach to law enforcement.

Tags: New York City Racial Reconciliation

Malloy Applauds Bridgeport’s Drop In Violent Crime

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.

Tags: BridgeportHartfordNew Haven Group Violence Intervention Custom NotificationsSocial Network Analysis

Kansas City homicide rate down in first half of 2014

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).

Tags: Kansas City Group Violence Intervention

What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago

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.

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention Social Network Analysis

After one year on the job, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the department is turning around

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. 

Tags: Detroit Group Violence Intervention

Kansas City moves in the right direction on murder, gunshot numbers

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.

Tags: Kansas City Group Violence Intervention

Chief Fletcher Says Violence Reduction Initiative in On Track

June 2014  |  WDEF  

As he begins his second full week on the job, Chief of Police Fred Fletcher says Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative is on track.

Tags: Chattanooga Group Violence Intervention

See The Good: ‘Operation Ceasefire’ Takes Aim at Crime in Newark

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.

Tags: Newark Group Violence Intervention

Are You in the Wrong Social Network?

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.

Tags: Chicago Social Network Analysis

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