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.
NEW PUBLICATION - GROUP VIOLENCE INTERVENTION: AN IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE
One of the most exciting things to happen at the National Network during 2013 was the publication of Group Violence Intervention: An Implementation guide by the COPS office at the Department of Justice. We have worked long and hard to create a tool for those wishing to bring GVI to their communities - a guide that lays out all the important elements of the strategy and recommends a general path along which to proceed toward making communities safer from violence. The guide is now available to all, from experienced practitioners to those just wishing to know more. We hope it is a helpful tool in spreading knowledge of this innovative practice for reducing violent crime, minimizing arrest and incarceration, increasing police legitimacy and strengthening communities.[more]
NY DAILY NEWS OP-ED BY DAVID KENNEDY: BEYOND STOP AND FRISK.
An op-ed by National Netowrk's David Kennedy in New York Daily News focuses on the violence reductions NYPD is getting by combining its managerial seriousness with direct-outreach approaches.
Looking beyond the debate over the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, Kennedy says we can expect to see continued results as New York and other cities make a policy of stopping violent groups.[more]
HUFFINGTON POST OP-ED BY DAVID KENNEDY: THE STORY BEHIND THE NATION'S FALLING BODY COUNT
This op-ed by National Network Director David Kennedy examines "the method behind the growing lack of madness in America's cities" in this great Huffington Post piece. This article highlights everything from the marked lack of media attention; to the countless, nationwide successes; to the bare bones and heart that makes the Ceasefire method so very effective.[more]
HighlightsRESPECTFUL POLICING IN CHICAGO: CHANGING THE US VS THEM MENTALITY.
Among the important measures Chicago is taking to combat the city's gun violence is a Chicago Police Department initiative to promote police legitimacy. A one-day course in CPD training academy emphasizes trust-building and respectful policing practices that will help improve police-community relationships and make Chicago a safe city.
See the WGN news profile of the initiative here: [more]
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.