Question Two:

The Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) seeks to prevent and reduce violent crime in communities by supporting comprehensive, evidence-based violence intervention and prevention programs based on partnerships among community residents, local government agencies, victim service providers, community-based organizations, law enforcement, hospitals, researchers, and other community stakeholders. City l aders are interested in your experience in working with this initiative or initiatives with similar expectations or outcomes, specifically including your experience in urban communities if applicable. Please include your evaluation of the success of those programs and your ideas regarding improving them.

Candidate C Answer: 

If selected as the Police Chief, I welcome the opportunity to partner with Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice in the Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative. One of my first priorities as Chief will be to develop a data driven, intelligence led, violent crime reduction strategy. It will include focusing on all three sides of the crime triangle: victim, offender, and location. I [Redacted] lead this initiative in my role as Deputy Police Chief. While there is no one program or approach that will prevent and/or reduce violent crime, a focused and layered approach provides the most opportunities for success. Evidence-based strategies supports Dr. David Kennedy's Group Violence Intervention (GVI) strategy where the above community partners work together to provide services that offer an alternative to criminal activity. If I'm selected as Chief, these will be the individuals I will immediately reach out to and begin implementing GVI/CVIPI so that we can begin making a dent in our GVI groups prior to Summer. I believe in the strategy and with support of City Administration, this will be a top priority.

The initiative will also include teams of law enforcement, prosecutors, probation/parole, victim advocates, community advocates, and technology all supported by data. Since implementing this initiative in [-], we've seen a significant decrease in shooting victims and overall violent crime in a [-]-year period.

The purpose of the initiative is to identify, surveil, apprehend, and prosecute violent criminals in our city in fulfillment of our primary mission to provide a safe community for all. This plan accounts for the work of patrol officers, detectives, crime analysts, forensic specialists, and our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local level. Inter-agency and inter-group cooperation are essential elements to the successful implementation of the initiative.

The Mission of the Violent Crime Initiative is to reduce violent crime, identify those engaged in criminal activity, and increase case clearance rates through a collaborative effort between internal and external partners.


Operationalize the holistic violent crime initiative vision and workflow across the department.

Institutionalize Crime Gun Intelligence processes by greatly expanding access toe-Trace and entering all casings into NIBIN.

Establish and reinforce continual and collaborative communication protocols between SI/Detective Bureau/CSS to ensure deconfliction of operational objectives and investigations.

Community outreach and transparent reporting on crime statistics, arrests, and victim advocacy.

Use of technology as a force multiplier in social networking analysis supported by an analytical based weekly review and a Real Time Crime Center.

My experience in implementing violent crime reduction strategies in urban settings spans my career as a commanding officer in differing geographical locations within [-]. The following examples reflect the diverse community outreach strategies I led in various command positions.

College [-]: Department representative that led the planning and execution of the [-], and [-] operations. Included community outreach to numerous colleges/universities in [-], other [-] communities, and [-]. Hosted community meetings, partnered with the Department of Justice, NAACP, and local faith-based leaders/organizations to enhance operational effectiveness. Used [-] to foster positive relationships between police, the community, and students by recruiting potential police candidates and recruiting volunteer student ambassadors.

Homeless Initiative: Directed the implementation of a [-] program in partnership with Department of Housing, Department of Human Services, including external partners of Volunteers of America, [-], and [-]. The program hired [-] previously homeless individuals and along with police representatives, conducted outreach to the homeless population [-]. The program had an immediate positive impact and numerous homeless individuals, and families were housed and provided services. [-] fully funded the program.

[-] Initiative: Led monthly collaboration meetings with local business, hoteliers, restaurants, and ABC establishments under the umbrella of public safety. Enhanced the [-] environment through citizen engagement opportunities, aesthetic improvements, the City Ambassador Program and in concert with [-] theme of "family - friendly."

[-] Initiative: Led the Police Department efforts to work collaboratively with public and private partners specifically, [-], [-], [-], City of [-] Public Schools, City Council liaison, City of [-] Parks- Recreation and [-], to develop a long-term self-sustaining plan to effect positive change in the [-] community. Resulted in the overall reduction in crime as well as an increased perception of community, police relations.

[-] Initiative: Over the past several years the Police Department has focused on specific geographical areas within the city which includes, [-] neighborhoods, to revitalize the area by addressing both criminal activity and neighborhood degradation in the community. The identified areas known as [-] are some of the busiest zones in the city, and they are [-] of the most patrolled areas in the city. This area borders [-] and was identified by the SPCP [-] as the focus of the initiative. Our current community engagement objectives include re-establishing a civic league, providing access to [-] all youth activities, and planning community events throughout the coming year. Our policing strategy includes a data driven focus on violent crime and priority offenders, repeat locations, and victim advocacy. These efforts are supported by a gun detection technology called Shot Spotter, which alerts officers to the location of gun fire within minutes. The value of this technology allows us to respond to gun shots without a call for service being generated. Unfortunately, the data demonstrates approximately 80% of the time citizens are not calling the police when shots are fired. Needless to say, this creates a two-fold problem for the police: first, we are unaware of shots being fired and unable to investigate further, and secondly, the community perspective is that the police do not care because we do not respond.

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