LA Ceasefire is effecting serious violence reductions in the most troubled neighborhoods of the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles.
LA Ceasefire is effecting serious violence reductions in the most troubled neighborhoods of the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles. The Mission area has formed a partnership between the Los Angeles Police Department; federal, state and local prosecutors; community leaders; and service providers, including local street outreach workers and organizations such as Communities in Schools, Victory Outreach, and New Directions for Youth, to engage directly with street groups driving violent activity in the area.
Over three years of consistent implementation, the Mission area has conducted call-ins, custom notifications to repeat offenders, and special messaging to juveniles, and has seen promising declines in group-related homicides and shootings.
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Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Todd Chamberlain worked with line officers to make a list of high risk repeat offenders in the city's Mission District and hand-deliver custom notifications to them.