In conjunction with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Network for Safe Communities launched its Peer Exchange Program in May 2011. The program allows practitioners from each National Network Leadership Group site to visit other Leadership Group sites to learn about best practices and innovations from their peers.
The Center for Crime Prevention and Control coordinates the Peer Exchange Program based on the needs and objectives of each Leadership Group site as well as the research and development priorities of the National Network for Safe Communities.
The first Peer Exchange was hosted by the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolenceand the Providence Police Department to showcase the unique partnership between the police and the Institute’s Street Outreach Program. The second Peer Exchange was hosted by the police department of High Point, North Carolina, and the High Point Community Against Violence (HP-CAV) to showcase the city’s innovative applications of the National Network strategies to a variety of violent crime and drug market problems. A third Peer Exchange will be scheduled soon.