Safety is fundamental to the health and vitality of communities. People need to know that their children can walk to school without fear, and that their neighborhood streets and parks are peaceful places. Safety is also critical to attracting community-minded businesses and homeowners to neighborhoods. When crime is high, local economies shrivel.
Revitalization and crime reduction must go hand in hand. So we help communities build their way out of crime.
Since 1994, LISC Safety has supported teams of community developers and law enforcement working together to make neighborhoods safer. In that time, we’ve come to see for ourselves how neighborhoods where police collaborate with residents and other community members are far more likely to see crime drop over the long term. In fact, communities with these partnerships have experienced a dramatic decrease in crime—up to 70 percent—compared to places where law enforcement and neighborhood groups work in isolation.
LISC’s approach focuses on high crime places–neighborhoods and the specific streets or intersections where crime is a serious problem. It brings together partners with different information, perspectives and resources relevant to those problems. It provides a path for those partners to get things done together, producing concrete “wins” that build relationships and the confidence that neighborhoods can improve. In doing so, LISC seeks to reduce crime but also build the trust and infrastructure that makes communities resilient and safe.
Officer Tracie Miller opens a window onto the experience of policing a neighborhood with a history of mistrust of law enforcement, and what it takes to build a community's trust.
A research report on the effects of place-centric crime reduction efforts in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island.