NYC Ceasefire was launched in New York City in December 2014 in collaboration with David Kennedy and the National Network.
NYC Ceasefire was launched in New York City in December 2014 in collaboration with David Kennedy and the National Network for Safe Communities. NYC Ceasefire recognizes that the majority of violence in New York City is committed by a small number of people involved in street groups—gangs, crews, and drug sets—at great risk for violent victimization or offending. It focuses on reducing violence by communicating clearly and directly with these group members through call-ins and custom notifications.
NYC Ceasefire gives group members a three part message from community leaders (including faith leaders, mothers of murdered children, ex-offenders, and others) that the violence is unacceptable and must stop, from an unprecedented law enforcement partnership (including the New York City Police Department, King’s Country District Attorney’s Office, NYC Department of Probation, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and others) that continued violence will be met with swift and certain consequences aimed at groups as a whole, and from social service providers that help is available for those who want to change.
See the below videos for more details about the NYC Ceasefire strategy, or see the National Network's FAQs.
NYPD consultant John Linder is helping develop technology that "will deliver to police and their executives real-time measures of public attitudes — whether trust is going up or down, whether the sense of safety is going up or down, and whether the job approval of the NYPD is going up or down—by neighborhood."
National Network Director David Kennedy comments, “New York City, in many ways, convinced the rest of the country that things like zero tolerance were the way to make communities safe, and now it’s showing the country that you absolutely do not need to do that, you should not do it, and there are much, much better and less damaging ways to work with communities to produce public safety.”Kevin Hagen for The New York Times
"Eric Gonzalez says he wants to continue the work, especially in healing community relations, that Mr. Thompson championed before dying in October."An Rong Xu for The New York Times
"In an exclusive tour of the new lab, Fortune got a glimpse of Law & Order in the digital age. The [New York DA's] lab is Exhibit A in how America’s biggest city is embracing big data analytics and a dash of hacker culture to solve complex crimes."
"In his first major policy address as New York City’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill on Tuesday invoked the unsolved killing of a young mother on a South Bronx playground as symptomatic of past failures in policing and as a guide to building trust among black and Latino city residents."
"The number of stop-and-frisk searches continues to plunge through the floor, while the crime rate continues to drop, the New York Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday."
"There are police reformers from outside the profession who think that changing police culture is a matter of passing regulations, establishing oversight bodies and more or less legislating a new order. It is not. Such oversight usually has only marginal impact. What changes police culture is leadership from within."
"On a chilly morning in November, Lt. Donzel Cleare of the New York Police Department stood in front of a classroom at Liberation Diploma Plus High School in Coney Island and asked a simple question: 'How many of you guys feel that I work for you?'"Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times
"Anxious new parents in an era of unease."
"New York City saw a significant drop in major crimes in the first quarter of 2016 with the fewest murders and shootings in its recorded history, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced during a Monday press conference. "