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, click here.
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.
May 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice released a report on summonses issued in New York City from 2003-2013. The study offers an in-depth look at summons issuance patterns in the City’s five boroughs and two community courts from data provided by the Office of Court Administration.
Tags: New York City
May 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Over the last nine months, our country has lurched from crisis to crisis concerning police/community relations and police use of force: from Ferguson, Mo., to New York City, to Cleveland, Ohio, to North Charleston, S.C., to Tulsa, Okla., and now Baltimore. Each time, we hear pledges of police department reform. This raises a question: What does a good police department look like?
May 2015 | The Hill
As riots engulfed parts of Baltimore, and Americans everywhere were forced to confront police killings and other brutalities in minority communities, TV viewers and newspaper readers were exposed to a series of polls demonstrating the very different attitudes African-Americans and whites display toward our police. These statistics signal a crisis of legitimacy for our police in the African-American community.
April 2015 | Daily News
“Operation Ceasefire is working,” said NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis. The program, which started in December, reaches out to gangbangers and potential recruits, offers them social services, and tries to persuade them to refrain from violence that can get them killed.
April 2015 | Dream Corps
David Kennedy spoke on this panel, entitled Mass Incarceration in America: Assessing the Costs & Human Impacts, at the historic Bipartisan Summit for Criminal Justice Reform in March.For more information, visit http://www.bipartisansummit.org/.
March 2015 | U.S. Department of Justice
As part of the Department of Justice’s ongoing commitment to strengthening the relationship between the criminal justice system and the communities it serves and protects, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Birmingham, AL; Fort Worth, TX; Gary, IN; Minneapolis, MN; Pittsburgh, PA; and Stockton, CA to be the first six cities to host pilot sites for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. As part of a larger effort, each pilot site will assess the police-community relationship and develop a detailed site-specific plan that will enhance procedural justice, reduce bias, and support reconciliation in communities where trust has been harmed. We're enormously excited to begin this work.
March 2015 | News 12 Diverse Long Island
National Network partner Risco Mention-Lewis, Deputy Police Commissioner of Suffolk County and founder of the Council of Thought and Action (COTA), talks to News 12 Long Island about a variety of innovative police outreach and training measures to strengthen relationships with minority communities in her jurisdiction.
Tags: Racial Reconciliation
February 2015 | Kansas City Star
St. Louis city leaders have been traveling around the country to find effective violence reduction strategies to help curb its’ increasing homicide rate. Today, St. Louis law enforcement and community members visited Kansas City to learn from the National Network's Group Violence Intervention strategy and other tools the city has employed to successfully reduce its' homicide rate. Kansas City No Violence Alliance held a call-in mid-February, where speakers included Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Kansas City Missouri Police Department Darryl Forte', U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
February 2015 | Central Illinois Proud
In two years of partnership with the National Network, the Don’t Shoot Peoria initiative has brought an overall drop in violent crime. In February, Peoria held its’ sixth call-in meeting delivering a community anti-violence message. Since Peoria’s first call-in, over 200 offenders have reached out for services. Community services coordinator Krista Coleman says up to 35 of the offenders have stayed engaged and connected to the resources provided, helping to support and sustain life off the streets.
February 2015 | The Center on Media, Crime and Justice
David Kennedy spoke on the opening panel at the 10th Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation at John Jay College of Criminal Justice: “Race, Justice and Community: Can We All Get Along?” In front of an audience that included the recipients of the Guggenheim fellowships, Kennedy discussed his research surrounding these complex issues and ways to move forward, including the core ideas of the DOJ National Initiative: procedural justice, implicit bias, and racial reconciliation.
February 2015 | The Chicago Sun-Times
This article discusses how Chicago Police Department is using Yale University Professor Andrew Papachristos' social network analysis to build a list of the people at highest risk of becoming a shooting victim or shooting somebody else. Using this list, beat officers pay special attention to those at risk, and commanders communicate with them directly using custom notifications.
January 2015 | New Pittsburgh Courier
Since the implementation of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s NOLA FOR LIFE initiative, New Orleans’ murder rate has dramatically declined for three years in a row, bringing the number of murders down to levels not seen since the 1970s. With National Network’s assistance, an effective partnership of law enforcement, community members, and social service providers engage with active group members at “call-in” meetings to communicate an anti-violence message and an offer of help.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.