"Ceasefire is an enhancement and broadening of our focus on violent offenders. This is the full model and this model has been nationally recognized." - Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recruited the National Network in 2013 to help the city implement Operation Ceasefire, shortly after Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts released the city's new strategic public safety plan. The National Network is currently advising implementation on Baltimore's East and West sides. The effort launched officially in early 2014 and the first call-in occurred in June 2014.
Baltimore's Operation Ceasefire partnership offers help to group and gang members through a support and outreach network whose mission is as follows: “Our goal will be to provide timely, intensive, and quality case management to this high-risk population in order to move them into appropriate systems of care. The oversight of this mission will be the sole responsibility of the Ceasefire management team and the Ceasefire Support and Outreach Subcommittee."
National Network Director David Kennedy originally introduced Operation Ceasefire to Baltimore in the late 1990s and left under the Martin O'Malley mayoral administration. Says Kennedy, "the opportunity to come back and do it right this time is very precious and very personal."
Tammatha Woodhouse, principal of Excel Academy in Baltimore: "I gave teachers an article by [Yale professor Andrew Papachristos]. It’s about treating gun violence as an epidemic, the way we do with HIV. I felt that the important takeaway for my kids was the idea that bad behavior of people in your social network – your friends and neighbors and relatives – can place you at high risk if you’re interacting with them on a daily basis. Some of the students could relate to the idea of changing your friends. Like, “If I don’t smoke marijuana, why am I hanging out with folks who smoke it?”
"A special unit of "elite" prosecutors and police detectives devoted to putting violent repeat gun offenders behind bars has officially begun operations in Baltimore."
"Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, top criminal justice researchers at the Johns Hopkins University and city leaders on Monday announced a partnership to apply the latest research to everyday policing. Police hope the Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Prevention will have an immediate impact on crime rates. Researchers hope it will "create opportunities to advance the science of violence prevention."
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.
"People in these neighborhoods don't like chaos and destruction," said Kennedy, who has been advising Baltimore on its Operation Ceasefire strategy. "It's being driven by a small, number of people."
How do murder statistics reported by the media shape the way we think about our communities and the people who live in them? David M. Kennedy joined Sheila Kast and Jonna McKone on Maryland Morning's WYPR to consider some central questions about public safety, policing, violence, and National Network's Operation Ceasefire efforts in Baltimore.
As part of Baltimore's Operation Ceasefire, Baltimore PD made a drug bust netting $3 million in heroin and cash–all from one suspect who had recently attended an Operation Ceasefire call-in.As part of Baltimore's Operation Ceasefire.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and other top members of the agency visit counterparts in Chicago to observe their Violence Reduction Strategy in action.
Experts call it a community approach to combating crime.
Kennedy, who introduced his unorthodox but highly successful approach to crime prevention in Baltimore in the late 1990s and left under the Martin O’Malley mayoral administration, has been recruited to return to Baltimore by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.