Crime Prevention and Control

The Center for Crime Prevention and Control is actively involved in designing, implementing and advancing effective strategies to address key public safety problems. It works in partnership with law enforcement, communities, government, researchers, and other stakeholders around the nation. 

 Current Projects

  • National Network for Safe Communities
    Funded by the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the MacArthur Foundation, the National Network for Safe Communities was launched in 2009 to roll out the Center's key crime prevention strategies as the national standard for addressing group violence and overt drug markets. The Center coordinates the funding, research and development, and communications of the National Network and provides direct technical assistance to its Leadership Group and other member sites. The National Network currently includes more than 50 member jurisdictions. The Center connects these and prospective sites and offers key stakeholders the opportunity to learn from, support, and work with one another in working sessions, peer-exchanges, webinars and the like.
  • National Network for Safe Communities: Leadership Group
    Funded by the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the U.S. Department of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation, the Leadership Group consists of a smaller group of key National Network member jurisdictions committed to developing and demonstrating the Center's crime prevention strategies and represent them on the national stage. The Center convenes stakeholders from Leadership Group sites for regular working sessions to refine and advance specific elements of the strategies. Leadership Group sites also assist one another with their work; conduct research; address core issues related to crime prevention, community and race; write and publish articles in scholarly, professional, and public outlets; and promote these themes in their own professional circles.
  • Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy (CVRS)
    Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Chicago launched the Center's group violence reduction strategy in 2009 under Major Richard M. Daley and Superintendent Jodi Weiss. It is now continued under Mayor Emanuel Rahm and Superintendent Garry McCarthy. As a member of the National Network for Safe Communities' Leadership Group, Chicago is rolling out the strategy district by district under the guidance of a local project manager funded by this grant.
  • Reducing Serious Violence in Detroit, Michigan
    Funded by the Bing Foundation and involving partners from the California Partnership for Safe Communities, this recently launched project will implement the group violence reduction strategy initially in one district of the city. The effort will also be linked to the Center's National Network for Safe Communities project to facilitate peer-to-peer education.
  • Newark Violence Reduction Initiative (NVRI)
    Funded by the Victoria Foundation and Nicholson Foundation, the Center provides support to the New York Violence Reduction Initiative (NVRI), launched in 2010 under Mayor Cory Booker and then Police Director Garry McCarthy and is now continued under Police Director Samuel DeMaio. A member of the National Network for Safe Communities' Leadership Group, Newark is the first site aiming to simultaneously implement the Center's group violence reduction and drug market intervention strategies. NVRI is directed by a team of scholars at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and coordinated by a local project manager funded under these grants. Center staff is contracted to provide high-level strategic guidance and research and technical assistance support to the NVRI Working Group.
  • Addressing Serious Violence in Connecticut
    The Center for Crime Prevention and Control, in cooperation with partners at Yale University, is working with the State of Connecticut to implement the group violence reduction strategy in selected cities across the state, starting with an immediate launch in New Haven. Center staff will provide high-level strategic guidance and research and technical assistance support to the selected sites. The project is funded by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and the U.S. District Attorney's Office.
  • Reducing Serious Violence in Indian Country: A Demonstration Project
    This project is designed to adapt the Center's group violence reduction strategy to address serious violence in Indian Country – specifically on one of the High Priority Performance Goal (HPPG) reservations. The project seeks to both reduce serious violence and improve the relationships between Native American communities, police agencies, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The Center will work with its partners of the California Partnership for Safe Communities, BIA OJS, and local Indian Country leadership on one reservation while building the capacity of BIA OJS to replicate the strategy in partnership with additional tribes. The effort will also be linked to the Center's National Network for Safe Communities project to facilitate peer-to-peer education.
  • Addressing Domestic Violence in High Point, NC
    Under the guidance of Center Director David Kennedy, the High Point Police Department in partnership with researchers, practitioners, prosecutors and community members, developed and is now implementing and evaluating a focused deterrence initiative targeted at chronic domestic violence offenders.


Campbell Review Attests to Efficacy of Center's Strategies
A Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review, the gold standard in evaluating social science interventions, found "strong empirical evidence” for the effectiveness of the Center's crime prevention strategies. The Effects of “Pulling Levers” Focused Deterrence Strategies on Crime  (Braga & Weisburd, 2011) confirms what research and field experience have long suggested:  a strategy that combines deterrence with elements that encourage offenders away from crime, strengthens a community’s collective efficacy, and enhances police legitimacy is the most effective approach to addressing serious violent crime and overt drug markets.

Don't Shoot
Read an excerpt from Center Director David Kennedy's new book or click on the cover image below for further information. Highlights from a reading during his national book tour, including a conversation with John Seabrook from The New Yorker, can be viewed here.     

David Kennedy, in this interview with Boston Public Radio, sets out what it takes to reduce the number of violent deaths and the high levels of incarceration rates that beset America's most troubled communities.

Fighting Back: Violence in Our Cities 
As one of the panelists of a multimedia event in New Haven, CT, Center Director David Kennedy discusses how to rebuild trust between the community and police and stem the tide of murders in the city.  

Photo: Thomas McMillan/New Haven Independent 

Thinking Outside the Cell
In this interview with CUNY TV's Criminal Justice Matters, Center Director David Kennedy explains why the strategies developed by the Center can reduce both serious violent crime and the problem of mass incarceration.










































Center for Crime Prevention and Control
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