Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction


Archived Webinars: 

  • CPTED for the 21st Century: Understanding how a community’s built environment can impact crime is fundamental for place-based community safety efforts. This discussion about the theory and principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) includes how CPTED can be integrated into broader neighborhood safety planning, why resident feedback should influence proposed changes, how to be sensitive to a neighborhood’s culture, history, and connection to the broader community, and an example from the Prospect Cooridor in Kansas City, Missouri. 
  • Taking a Trauma-informed Approach while Improving Community Safety: An introduction to different types of trauma, including research on how individual experiences may coalesce over time to create historical trauma and group behaviors that can be misunderstood as aggressive, creating conflict with police and social services. Topics include trauma-informed strategies that build resiliency in—and improve relationships with—those who have experienced past trauma.
  • Sustainability for Place-based Crime Reduction Initiatives: LISC and CBCR site leaders from Providence and San Bernardino discuss the link between crime reduction efforts and comprehensive community development initiatives. The panel also cover factors that impact a group’s capacity to sustain projects and programs that enhance public safety and community-police relations
  • Generating Collective Will and Momentum for your BCJI Initiative:  Residents and other community leaders are often in the best positions to motivate, implement and sustain change over time in neighborhoods. In this discussion, LISC unpacks what community engagement—a core element of CBCR—means for the program, presenting key principles for engaging neighborhood stakeholders in place-based crime reduction initiatives.
  • Research Partnerships in CBCR: LISC and BJA team up with researchers from the Omaha CBCR site to discuss the nature of the program’s research partnerships, including lessons learned from CBCR sites around the country. Highlights include tips for picking the right researcher, defining roles and protocols for engaging the community, and forecasting the amount of time required for real collaboration.
  • Building Community Leadership for Sustainable Crime ReductionRepresentatives of the CBCR sites in Brownsville (Brooklyn) and Seattle CBCR discuss the fundamentals of meaningful community engagement and how they have involved residents in decision-making about crime reduction strategies. 
  • Strategic Communications for Public Safety Initiatives: Tips from communications consulting firm Mershon and McDonald, LLC, to help CBCR sites and others develop a communications plan that includes building a public profile, developing effective messages, and using media to help change the narrative in neighborhoods with disproportionate levels of crime and social disorder. 
  • Combining Revitalization and Community Safety: Leaders from the Austin and Dayton CBCR sites describe how they addressed crime associated with vacant properties, ranging from residential homes to large undeveloped areas of land. The discussion covers the potential for driving physical and economic revitalization in conjunction with crime reduction efforts.



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