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January 27, 2017

"Reducing Violent Crime in American Cities: An Opportunity to Lead"

Screen-Shot-2017-01-25-at-14_57_16-1-242x300The title of this post is the title of a notable new report produced by The Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which is summarized and can be accessed via this web posting.  Here is summary via the posting:

While national crime statistics remain historically low, violent crime—particularly homicides and shootings—is rising in many major cities. The Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), with generous support from the Joyce Foundation, are jointly releasing a report entitled, Reducing Violent Crime in American Cities: An Opportunity to Lead. The report provides more than 25 recommendations for the new Administration and Congress, to strengthen federal-local partnerships and support local efforts to reduce violent crime.

According to FBI data, the country’s largest cities experienced a 10% increase in homicide and non-negligent murder from 2014 to 2015, and the second largest group of cities saw a 20% surge. More recent data from MCCA suggest these surges in large cities remains steady, with 61 agencies reporting a 10% increase in homicide from 2015 to 2016, and 1400 additional non-fatal shootings over 2015, another important indicator of violent crime. Law enforcement agencies in many of these cities are also reporting substantial increases in non-fatal shootings, another important indicator of violent crime. While the federal government has provided important assistance in recent years, budget and personnel reductions coupled with competing federal priorities leave some local law enforcement agencies without the fortified partnerships they need to effectively combat violent crime. Law enforcement leaders call for a federal agenda that prioritizes violent crime from both a budgetary and policy standpoint, and that addresses problems with evidence-based solutions.

“Major cities aren’t asking for temporary surges of hundreds more federal agents or responses that take months and years to have a sustained impact. They want tools and smart resources like ballistics imaging, gun tracing, and flexible grants,” said Chief Tom Manger, President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann further emphasizes that “federal, state and local law enforcement need strong partnerships and smart, evidence-based, locally-tailored strategies to reverse trends in the number of shootings in many major cities.”

The recommendations in this report create an overarching strategy to address violence by prioritizing violent crime, holding federal partners accountable for local impacts, and enabling the kinds of partnerships that will create lasting solutions. The following items form the basis of the report’s recommendations: analysis of literature on effective violence reduction strategies; in-depth analysis of federal agency programs, budgets, priorities, authorities, and performance; and, survey data and input from local law enforcement executives.

January 27, 2017 at 11:57 AM | Permalink


More self dealing, bureaucratic, ineffective measures, by worthless, rent seeking, lazy and awful government workers. They want more money for their worthless government make work jobs. The police are the agents of the lawyer prosecutors, and nearly worthless for crime elimination.

Duterte dropped crime days after taking office as mayor of a violent city. He took his act nationally, and did the same as President of a country.

The sole factor that unifies all jurisdictions with low crime rates is public self help. Some are rich or poor. Some are religious or secular. Some have low or high lead blood levels. Some have few dark skinned people, some a lot. Some are urban, some rural. Some have high bastardy rates, some low. Some have a lot of police, some few. Some are technological, with cameras everywhere, some live in the Bronze Age.

In every low crime rate jurisdiction in our country or abroad, the criminals fear the neighbors far more than they fear the police.

Posted by: David Behar | Jan 27, 2017 5:59:09 PM

I awake this morning to the news that our dear leader has shut the door on refugees from certain Arab and Muslim countries (conspicuously omitting those with which he has business dealings). I say, shame, shame shame. Cover the statue of liberty. Blot out and eface the words on the statue:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Cross out and eface these words. The best lack all conviction; the worst are filled with passionate intensity.

We who sit here and blog and do not speak out are complicit! Yes, we are.

Shame, shame, shame

Posted by: anon | Jan 28, 2017 12:40:18 PM

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