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 Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) program administered by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance supports data-driven, comprehensive and community-oriented strategies to reduce crime and spur revitalization.
Police alone cannot eradicate community crime and violence and build safety and stability in their place. In fact, police actions can exacerbate tenuous relationships between law enforcement and residents in high-risk neighborhoods. This paper explores how police collaboration with local residents and organizations can build police legitimacy, trust, and the quality of life in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods, including short case studies of Battle Creek, Flint, Providence, and Seattle.
This profile of Dayton’s 2012 CBCR Planning & Implementation grant outlines a severe opioid addiction problem in the community, which fueled much of the local crime. The CBCR team worked with police and community groups to create a program to reach addicts and help them get treatment, despite many barriers.
Learn how a multi-agency strategy helped curb nuisance crimes associated with homelessness in Tampa, FL. CBCR supported the creation of two new positions, a Homeless Case Manager and a Homeless Liaison Officer, who both played critical roles in expanding outreach and case management for individuals experiencing homelessness by connecting them to services, such as a judicial diversion program for homeless offenders.
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.
The DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance is supporting data-driven, comprehensive responses to crime in some of the country’s most troubled communities through CBCR.
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