The National Network for Safe Communities supports cities implementing proven strategic interventions to reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communities, and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves. The National Network is committed to building a community of practice that operates along a set of guiding principles:

First do no harm

Strengthen communities’ capacity to prevent violence

Enhance legitimacy

Offer help to those who want it

Get deterrence right

Use enforcement strategically


News & Updates

  • American Police Must Own Their Racial Injustices

    July 2018  |  The American Prospect  

    To improve relationships with communities of color, a reconciliation movement has begun in several cities, in which police brush up on their history, admit past mistakes, and listen to frank talk and hard truths. 

    Tags: BirminghamLos AngelesStockton National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

  • John Jay President Karol V. Mason

    June 2018  |  John Jay College of Criminal Justice  

    When a parent looks down at their newborn child, they’re filled with hope. A hope that if this child works hard in life, he’ll be successful. It doesn’t matter where he was born, how much his parents make, or his ethnicity. That hope is there. It’s a hope we pride ourselves on as a nation—we’re the “Land of Opportunity.” But in today’s America—where many black and brown children are often looked at with more suspicion and less empathy—we have to start asking ourselves a tough question: Do we give every child the same opportunities?


  • Police geeks trying to win over old-school cops

    June 2018  |  BBC  

    In a bid to regain the trust of the public and reform their profession, more working police officers are learning to do their own research. Meet the police pracademics.


  • ‘Zero-tolerance’ approach not very effective, experts say

    June 2018  |  ABC News  

    In order for any “zero-tolerance” policy to take effect and stop people from committing crimes, the criminals have to know that such uniform consequences are handed out, David Kennedy, a criminal justice professor at John Jay College, told ABC News.

    “If zero-tolerance or any other law enforcement policy is designed to deter than it can’t possibly work until people know that that’s what’s waiting for them,” said Kennedy, who also heads the school’s center for study on violence prevention, called the National Network for Safe Communities.


  • New Haven Project Longevity, Urban League hold community conversation

    June 2018  |  New Haven Register  

    City police Lts. John Healy and David Zanelli are trying to open a dialogue with the communities they serve.

    Healy and Zanelli are district managers for the Dwight/Chapel and Fair Haven districts, respectively, who engaged with residents in an event this week in an effort to build bridges between two communities often at odds. It was held by Project Longevity New Haven and the Urban League of Southern Connecticut’s New Haven office.

    Tags: New Haven Group Violence Intervention

  • Baton Rouge officials ramp up custom home visits hoping to intervene in group violence

    June 2018  |  The Advocate  

    With the arrival of summer's notorious bloody months and the now-defunct anti-violence initiative BRAVE in the rear-view mirror, Baton Rouge's law enforcement officials are embracing a new method for violence intervention: showing up unannounced to the homes of those they believe are linked to the violence.  

    These home visits, coined "custom notifications" by researchers with the National Network for Safe Communities based in New York, are set up to demonstrate to these people — on a very personal level — that law enforcement is aware of their ties to potential violence, to warn them of the consequences of such violence and to offer them support if they choose a different path, said Baton Rouge Police Deputy Chief Herbert "Tweety" Anny. 

    Tags: Baton Rouge Group Violence Intervention Custom Notifications

NNSC Impact


reduction in gun assaults through Project Safe Neighborhooods



reduction in drug offenses in all 4 neighborhoods

High Point


reduction in shootings among notified violent groups



reduction in non-violent offenses



reduction in gang-involved shootings among gangs treated with crackdowns



reduction in overall shooting behavior among factions represented at call-ins



reduction in gun homicide through Stockton Operation Peacekeeper, 1997-2002



reduction in homicide



reduction in youth homicide