Safety is a critical component of a vibrant community, every bit as important as quality affordable housing, good jobs, and high performing schools. All people deserve to feel that it is safe for their children to walk to school or play in the local park, to shop in local stores, and to enjoy other neighborhood amenities. Safety is also critical to attracting new homeowners and businesses to neighborhoods where such investments can be catalysts for revitalization.
Across the country, in neighborhoods with persistent crime problems, the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI) administered by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance supports data-driven, comprehensive and community-oriented strategies to reduce crime and spur revitalization.
A dialogue on safety and crime reduction. Watch the recording of discussions from police chiefs, prosecutors, residents and federal officials.
BCJI was featured in an Innovation Exchange – an event for federal government staff involved in place-based work. See the slides from the presenters, including Dayton Police and community leaders.
The BCJI program in Appalachian Kentucky is using three pillars of engagement to adapt community public safety in a rural context.
In a forceful op-ed, Maurice Jones, LISC CEO, and Jim Bueermann, a former police chief, show how investing in authentic police-community partnerships and neighborhood renewal is imperative for a safer, healthier country.
Read summaries from the field and learn more about the BCJI program in our latest update.
Listen to seasoned BCJI sites discuss how they are working to sustain their cross-sector safety partnerships
The DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance is supporting data-driven, comprehensive responses to crime in some of the country’s most troubled communities through BCJI.
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