Implementation of Oakland Ceasefire began to pay off in 2013 with a 20 percent decline in homicide, the single largest in 40 years.
In recent years, Oakland has mounted a faithful and effective implementation of Operation Ceasefire, a response to unacceptable violence rates in the city and a troubled relationship between the community and police. In 2013, the strategy began to pay off. Oakland saw a 20 percent decline in homicide, the single largest in 40 years.
At a call-in meeting in Oakland, the police profess love and respect for the group members and now homicides are now on the decline. Could the two be connected?
SF Gate interviews two men who have made major life changes after receiving help from service partners of Oakland Ceasefire.
Pico’s Lifeline to Healing project aims to reduce gun violence in high-risk communities through a coalition of community groups, local clergy and government agencies at all levels. Lifelines first brought together local church leaders—including Pastor McBride and Rev. Billy Dixon, Jr—to head Friday Night Walks, during which marchers listen to the concerns of, and show solidarity with, residents in East Oakland’s more violent neighborhoods.
Sociologist Andrew Papachristos used statistical analysis to show that fatal shootings, a major part of Oakland's crime problem, are for the most part not random but an outgrowth of social relationships among men who practice risky criminal behavior.
Community members participate in a Operation Ceasefire night walk in East Oakland in an effort to reduce violence.
KGO's Beth Houston takes a look at the operations and motivations of Oakland's Operation Ceasefire anti-violence program.