Mission

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

  • Tackling history of race and policing starts with well-informed officers

    October 2017  |  The Hill  

    In this op-ed for The Hill, two Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers involved with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice explain why they feel it's important for police to understand the history of race in America (and how police departments are perceived by marginalized communities). "By addressing concrete aspects of local and national history, procedural justice training places each officer’s identity and perceptions into the context of a broader historical perspective." 

    Tags: Pittsburgh National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

  • Why Do We Ignore Initiatives That Reduce Gun Violence?

    October 2017  |  New York Times  

    "While movies, television and news outlets often give the impression that entire cities and neighborhoods are filled with thugs, criminals and killers, the reality is that those responsible for a majority of shootings represent a tiny percentage of the residents of any given city. In response to this fact, effective gun violence reduction strategies adopt a highly targeted, data-based approach in which the small number of individuals most at risk for shooting (and being shot) are provided with individualized programs of support and pressure to lay down their guns. To this end, law enforcement officials, clergy members, community leaders, social service providers and mentors who have themselves escaped violent lifestyles work in partnership with one another to help these individuals turn their lives around."

    Tags: ChicagoOakland Group Violence Intervention Support and Outreach

  • Here’s What Actually Reduces Gun Violence

    October 2017  |  Buzzfeed  

    Some of the strongest evidence on reducing gun violence comes not from controls on gun purchases, but from an approach to policing called "focused deterrence." Since rolled out in dozens of other cities, repeated studies have shown that the approach can reduce urban gun violence — typically by between 20 and 40%.

    Tags: Group Violence Intervention

  • How Not to Respond to the Rising Murder Rate

    September 2017  |  The New York Times  

    In an op-ed for the The New York Times, Harvard researcher Thomas Abt responds to the 2016 FBI crime data report & makes the case for a new national dialogue on crime—a dialogue informed by evidence and not by ideology. He also had more than a few things to say about why our Group Violence Intervention is best suited to reduce serious violence.

    Tags: Group Violence Intervention

  • States move to restrict domestic abusers from carrying guns

    September 2017  |  Washington Post  

    Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, published a study this week showing that states that require people with restraining orders to relinquish the firearms they already own have a 14 percent lower rate of intimate-partner gun-related homicides than states that don’t.

    Tags: Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

  • New Orleans sees recent dip in murders after spike in first half of 2017

    September 2017  |  The Times-Picayune  

    New Orleans averaged a murder about every other day in the first six months of 2017 - startling for a city of less than 400,000 people - but the police chief said last week he was encouraged by a dip in killings that started the second half of the year. The city went without a murder for an entire week in July, and there was a 10-day stretch without a murder from late August until Cierra Green and Terry Jones were both fatally shot in a Desire-area apartment on Sept. 6.

    Tags: New Orleans Group Violence Intervention


NNSC Impact

42%

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

Stockton

37%

reduction in homicides through Project Safe Neighborhoods

Chicago

27%

reduction in shootings among notified violent groups

Boston

44%

reduction in gun assaults through Project Safe Neighborhooods

Lowell

41%

reduction in group member-involved homicide

Cincinnati

32%

decrease in group member-involved homicides

New Orleans

36.4%

reduction in gang-involved shootings among gangs treated with crackdowns

Boston

34%

reduction in homicide

Indianapolis

32%

reduction in victimization among factions represented at call-ins

Chicago