• Impact

    Scores of American cities have implemented the National Network's strategies with powerful impact over nearly two decades. Substantial research and field experience has proven that these interventions are associated with large reductions in violence and other serious crime.


The National Network's approach has attracted significant media attention over twenty years. This page features the most recent coverage of our work and a searchable archive of media about the National Network's projects around the nation and abroad.

The National Network convenes regular conferences, working sessions and webinars to discuss and promote developments in its core areas of operation, showcase innovations, and set research and development priorities.


Recent Press

How Gary, Indiana, is improving community-police relations

August 2016  |  PBS  

"PBS special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks with Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who has been working to mend relations between the community and police in her city."

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We can’t fix policing without talking about race. This cartoon explains why.

August 2016  |  Vox  

"Black and white Americans experience law enforcement in fundamentally different ways. We know this because of data."

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

We can’t fix policing without talking about race. This cartoon explains why.

August 2016  |  Vox  

"Black and white Americans experience law enforcement in fundamentally different ways. We know this because of data."

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Reconciliation

Seeking a better bail system, SF turns to computer algorithm

August 2016  |  San Francisco Chroncile   

"San Francisco is seeking to modernize its bail system by using a computer algorithm to predict whether a defendant might re-offend or bolt if freed from jail, an effort to reform long-standing practices that many in the city’s justice system believe penalized the poor and opened up potential racial bias."Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle
 

Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

One year. Three Miami neighborhoods. 8,280 bullets

July 2016  |  Miami Herald  

"A Herald review of the first 12 months of ShotSpotter data shows that 8,280 individual gunshots were recorded and reported by the system’s dispatchers — an average of 22 bullets a day in an area spanning about four square miles."


Miami Herald Analysis of Miami PD and ShotSpotter data through March 3, 2016. Kara Dapena

Tags: Group Violence Intervention

CPD’s crucial choice: Treat its list as offenders or as potential victims?

July 2016  |  Chicago Tribune  

NNSC research partner Andrew Papachristos penned a recent op-ed to discuss the methodology and motivation behind Chicago's Strategic Subject List. 

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention Custom NotificationsSocial Network Analysis

Stockton PD’s programs receive national recognition

July 2016  |  KCRA 3  

"The Stockton police chief and the department are getting national recognition for their programs to build trust within the community."

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Kansas City Chief Builds Bridges to Black Residents

July 2016  |  Wall Street Journal  

"Outreach by city’s first African-American police chief may be why it has avoided protests that erupted elsewhere."

Tags: Kansas City Group Violence Intervention

Broken windows is broken: study shows that a more focused approach to tackling street violence can b

July 2016  |  USAPP– American Politics and Policy  

"New thinking about policing instead uses an approach which focuses resources on the small number of people who drive street violence. Michael Sierra-Arevalo and researchers at Yale University analyze one such initiative – Project Longevity – in New Haven, Connecticut. They find that the program can be linked to a significant reduction in the monthly number of group member shootings and homicides."

Tags: New Haven Group Violence Intervention Support and Outreach

One Police Shift: Patrolling an Anxious America

July 2016  |  New York Times  

"Riding along with officers illuminated fears they confront, compassionate gestures from the public after two recent ambushes against the police, and varied responses to the Black Lives Matter movement."

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McLay Apologizes For ‘Horrible, Unjust’ History Between Police And Communities Of Color

July 2016  |  WESA Radio  

Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McClay making a strong statement with regard to how law enforcement can and must police the communities it serves. 

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With violence up, Chicago police focus on a list of likeliest to kill, be killed

July 2016  |  Chicago Tribune  

"With violence raging in Chicago at levels unseen since the late 1990s, the Police Department's strategy to combat it relies heavily on so-called predictive policing, which aims to figure out who is most prone to violence — either as a criminal or victim — and intercede."

Tags: Chicago Group Violence Intervention

The Vicious Cycle of Everyday Gun Violence and Eroding Police Relations

July 2016  |  The Trace  

"Years of research indicate that police abuse can contribute to the conditions that make everyday gun violence harder to stop."The Trace

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High Point chief talks about department training, policies in light of nationwide discussion

July 2016  |  Greensboro News and Record  

"The High Point Police Department held a community forum Thursday night so Chief Kenneth Shultz could explain how the department hopes to avoid the issues that others have faced."

Tags: High Point Drug Market InterventionGroup Violence InterventionIntimate Partner Violence Intervention

‘Verbal judo’: the police tactic that teaches cops to talk before they shoot

July 2016  |  The Guardian  

"The de-escalation technique espoused by George ‘Doc’ Thompson in the 1990s, inoculating officers against high-stress scenarios, is making a comeback in the face of high-profile police shootings"

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Amid guns and violence and police shootings, a program that works

July 2016  |  The Bridge  

Kalamazoo, MI is beginning to implement GVI, and local officials are excited about its potential to curb violent crime. 

Tags: Kalamazoo Group Violence Intervention

Pittsburgh Police Take On Implicit Bias With Peer-To-Peer Training

July 2016  |  WESA Radio  

"Fourteen Pittsburgh Police officers trained to detect implicit bias and procedural justice interventions as part of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice will now be tasked with passing along that information to fellow officers."

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Victims and Offenders Come Together to Make Their Own Justice

July 2016  |  Pew Charitable Trusts  

"Boulder is one of many places around the country turning to restorative justice as an alternative to prosecution and possible imprisonment. Instead of fighting the charges in court, offenders selected for restorative justice agree to accept responsibility for their actions, meet face-to-face with victims and come up with a plan to repair the harm they’ve caused."

Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Strategic Prosecution

Viewpoint: SBPD chief: Police, community need to know each other

July 2016  |  South Bend Tribune   

South Bend, IN Chief of Police Scott Ruszkowski penned an op-ed detailing his department's approach to policing, and his belief in the necessity of a strong relationship with the community. 

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A conversation with Police Chief A.C. Roper

July 2016  |  WIAT   

"Following the recent rash of police involved shootings and attacks on officers, Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper went back to the community where he grew up."

Tags: National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Group Violence Intervention Reconciliation

Fix the Policing Trust Gap

July 2016  |  US News and World Report  

An op-ed on how we can begin to build trust between police and the communities they serve. 

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Gun Deaths In America

July 2016  |  Five Thirty Eight  

Five Thirty Eight put together a brief presentation on gun violence statistics in the United States. 

Tags: Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Group Violence Intervention

Stockton police reach out to Latino community

July 2016  |  Stockton Record  

"Every Wednesday for six weeks, self-proclaimed community leader Zoyla Moreno attended the Stockton Police Department’s “first of its kind” Spanish-language citizens police academy." ALMENDRA CARPIZO/THE RECORD 

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Stockton PD introduces community policing initiative at church

July 2016  |  KCRA 3  

"As law enforcement around the nation continue to battle safety challenges, a new community policing initiative was revealed during a discussion at Progressive Community Church in Stockton."

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