The National Network for Safe Communities is an alliance of cities dedicated to advancing proven strategies to combat violent crime, reduce incarceration and rebuild relations between law enforcement and distressed communities.
LA TIMES OP-ED BY DAVID KENNEDY: ANOTHER KIND OF GUN CONTROL
In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, National Network's David Kennedy writes that the current gun control debate is missing the point where most of the nation's gun crime is concerned, but that ready-to-hand approaches are available.
Instead of contentious legislation, Kennedy argues, the nation must focus police and social services on 'hot' groups and places. Read more as Kennedy lays out the National Network's position on innovative - and, most importantly, effective - approaches to reducing violent crime.[more]
NEW ORLEANS LAW ENFORCEMENT INDICTS STREET CREW MEMBERS
One element of the National Network's violence reduction strategy is direct warnings to violent groups that continued violence will be met with focused law enforcement attention. In New Orleans, the local, state and federal Multi-Agency Gang Unit established to keep this promise announced today "the most sweeping street gang indictment" in state history. Fifteen members of a street crew called the "110ers" are charged with 51 counts and involvement in 10 homicides, including the street shooting last May of five-year-old Brianna Allen.[more]
CNN SITUATION ROOM SHOWS NATIONAL NETWORK APPROACH IN ACTION
On CNN last week, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer showed how the Syracuse Truce program is using the National Network approach to make its neighborhoods safer from gun violence. Syracuse does not offer deals to violent gang members. Instead, the city has forged a powerful partnership between community members, law enforcement, and social service providers to stage interventions and tell these men that the violence must stop.[more]
HighlightsNBC NIGHTLY NEWS ON GVRS SUCCESS IN NOLA
NBC Nightly News launched a week-long series investigating gun violence in America by highlighting New Orleans’ early successes in cutting its homicide rate since adopting the National Network’s group violence reduction strategy (GVRS) as a central element of its NOLA for Life campaign. [more]
A Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review, the gold standard in evaluating social science interventions, has found “strong empirical evidence” for the effectiveness of the National Network's crime reduction strategies. [more]
Read an excerpt from the new book by National Network Co-Chair David Kennedy.