SITE OVERVIEW ♦ BATTLE CREEK | MICHIGAN
The target area, which consists of the neighborhoods of Post/Franklin, North Central, Central, and Fremont/McKinley, is adjacent to the downtown business district and encompasses the five major thoroughfares leading into downtown. Within the target area, the population is dense and represents more than half of the city’s total. Residents are primarily non-white (46%) and Hispanic/Latino (12%). Over 30 percent of residents live in poverty and the median household income across the neighborhoods is under $45,000. The target area also has a disproportionately higher level of crime compared to the city as a whole. A crime hot spot exists within the target area that generated over 600 of the 1,807 reported violent crimes citywide in 2013. In addition to high rates of violent crime, the area held high rates of property crime and accounted for 32 percent of the citywide total in 2013.
The planning phase for the CBCR project, Be Safe Battle Creek, lasted from October 2014 through late 2015. The goals of the project were to develop a collaborative cross-sector partnership with significant resident engagement and investment, support ongoing community engagement, use data-driven problem solving to clearly understand and define the crime issues, and identify a continuum of community resources. During the first part of the planning phase, CBCR partners mobilized to formalize the structure of the Be Safe Battle Creek Partnership Team. After roles were established, the research partner led the process of collecting and analyzing data. A GIS analysis was used to map crime, homelessness, and housing occupancy. Data concerning socio-economic influences on crime was also used for the development of place-based and evidence-based strategies to combat crime issues. CBCR partners concluded the planning phase by interpreting the results and used the findings from the analysis to develop a strategic plan to address crime issues and safety concerns, including identification of resources to foster sustainable change and leveraged support. The culmination of these efforts resulted in the following findings:
In 2016, the CBCR Battle Creek project moved into the implementation phase. The process for developing a list of proposed strategies for the implementation plan focused on creating casual chains for each root cause associated with the primary crime drivers. Strategies include:
Other notable efforts include:
Other Key Partners
City of Battle Creek Police Department, Neighborhoods Inc. of Battle Creek, Urban League of Greater Battle Creek, City of Battle Creek Community Development Department, and City Linc
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