Our Initiatives

Safe Neighborhoods

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. 

LISC Safety

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.

We support community-police partnerships in 74 cities and rural counties

How we do it

  • We offer guidance, training and community. In addition to direct training, our online resource center shares lessons and tools culled from police-community partnerships across the country.
  • We champion best-practices. Through programs like our MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards, LISC has recognized strong safety alliances and shared their stories.
  • We support federal crime reduction initiatives. Since 2012, LISC has served as the national training and technical assistance provider for the Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR), an initiative of the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance that seeks to improve safety and spur revitalization in persistently high crime communities in 60 U.S. cities.
  • We help communities create well-maintained playing fields and courts, redevelop parks and offer quality after-school and summer programs for youth through our sports and recreation programs and our local offices. After all, a basic litmus test of the wellbeing of a neighborhood is the wellbeing of its children.
The What, Why and How of Community Policing

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.

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Place, People, Police

A research report on the effects of place-centric crime reduction efforts in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island.

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