• Custom Notifications

    Custom notifications are an innovative way to communicate quickly, tactically, and directly with particular high-risk people.

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Custom notifications are an innovative way to communicate quickly, tactically, and directly with particular high-risk people. Custom notifications typically take place during home or street visits conducted by a team of law enforcement and community representatives to articulate to high risk people that they are valued members of the community, give individualized information about their legal risk, and offer opportunities for help. As part of custom notifications, law enforcement partners can perform custom legal assessments, the process of reviewing offenders’ legal histories and vulnerabilities to produce information specific to them and deter further violence. Effective custom notifications can also address an offender’s personal circumstances, family history, and the like to offer possibilities for individualized support. 

Within the Group Violence Intervention, custom notifications can be used to interrupt group “beefs,” avoid retaliation after incidents, calm outbreaks of violence, and reinforce the overall antiviolence message. They are also used to communicate with high-risk people in other intervention contexts. In Chicago, the city’s Violence Reduction Strategy partners have used hundreds of custom notifications, and the U.S. Department of justice is supporting the process there.

The National Network produced Custom Notifications: Individualized Communication in the Group Violence Interventionpublished by COPS Office in 2014, to provide a practical tool for cities seeking to use custom notifications.


Custom Notifications: Individualized Communication in the Group Violence Intervention

Custom Notifications: Individualized Communication in the Group Violence Intervention provides practical information about "custom notifications," an independent element of GVI that enables quick, tactical, direct communication to particular group members.  Custom notifications articulate that group members are valued members of the community, give individualized information about their legal risk, and offer opportunities for help.  They effectively interrupt group "beefs," avoid retaliation after incidents, calm outbreaks of violence, and reinforce the GVI message.


Custom Notifications Webinar

David M. Kennedy, Director of the National Network for Safe Communities, and Chris Mallette, Executive Director of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, present the "custom notifications" strategy for giving individualized messages to those at highest risk of violent victimization or offending. This webinar covers the basic principles of custom notifications and offers examples and practical information from the field.




News & Updates

Homicides and Shootings Continue to Fall in New Haven

December 2016  |  New Haven Register  

Project Longevity in New Haven is continuing to contribute to sustained low-levels of violent crime. Daily intelligence meetings, custom notifications, and other innovations are supporting the vital work being done. 

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Chicago cops are using data to fight gang violence

September 2016  |  CBS Evening News  

“At the end of the day, the goal of this entire program is to save lives.”

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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. 

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Chicago should be commended for police reforms, not dissed

May 2016  |  Crain's Chicago Business  

David Kennedy makes the case that Chicago is home to important national work and innovations in criminal justice. 

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Rutland’s Fight Against Opiates Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

January 2016  |  Vermont Public Radio   

Project Vision in Vermont has been working to effectively address the heroin epidemic sweeping the state. The NNSC has provided informal advising to officials in Rutland, VT based on our Drug Market Intervention and have been pleased to see it being successfully mapped to the heroin crisis that is affecting Vermont and many other areas across the country. 

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Operation Go West: Chief A.C. Roper, 50-plus cops hit crime hotspots

December 2015  |  AL.com  

"Teams of Birmingham police officers, including Chief A.C. Roper, hit the streets in the western portion of the city [in December] to let both the criminals, and the residents, know they care and they are watching."

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Yale Finds New Haven Deterrence Strategy Reduced Gun Violence

November 2015  |  EfficientGov  

A recent evaluation by researchers at Yale University has concluded that Project Longevity has reduced gun violence in New Haven. According the to study “even accounting for a variety of alternative explanations, the implementation of Project Longevity in New Haven was associated with a reduction of nearly [five group-member involved] shootings and homicides per month.”

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How Rutland, Vt., Is Taking On Drug Trafficking With ‘Project Vision’

November 2015  |  WBUR Boston  

National Network Director David Kennedy appeared on a radio program to discuss the strategy being used in Rutland, VT to combat the city's heroin problem. 

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Sneak Peek at Insights from Key Players in “Turning Point”

November 2015  |  Big Mountain Data  

"Among the mountains of programs devoted to addressing the plague of domestic violence, the police initiative in High Point, N.C., stands out for it bold approach to holding offenders accountable.Big Mountain Data will showcase the High Point Model in a documentary debuting this fall. “Turning Point” will tell the groundbreaking story of the program’s success so far. In three years, the city has nearly eliminated domestic violence homicides and decreased repeat offender recidivism."

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In Rutland, Vt., a rare glimmer of hope in battle against opioid addiction

October 2015  |  Boston Globe  

"In Rutland, the number of crimes related to drug use is plummeting, hundreds of people are receiving addiction treatment, and notorious drug dens are being razed and replaced by parks. It’s an aggressive counterattack, called Project Vision, that has enlisted residents and community leaders in a sweeping collaboration that is gaining national attention."

IAN THOMAS JANSEN-LONNQUIST FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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