Sustaining Focused Deterrence Strategies: Community Task Force

Sustaining Focused Deterrence Strategies: Community Task Force

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Bureau of Justice Assistance

This practitioner brief provides information about the criticality of community engagement when implementing a successful Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task force. Community engagement is critical to implementing a successful Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task force; the community has programs and resources that can support the effectiveness of focused deterrence interventions. Experienced PSN task forces cite multiple benefitsthey have realized from their efforts to listen to and engage the community. For example, citizens have become more willing to report crimes and cooperate with investigations; task forces have gained new information that has helped them develop investigative and prosecution strategies; new relationships have prevented misunderstandings about the focus on specific neighborhoods, groups, and individuals by PSN initiatives; and gun crime prevention efforts have been strengthened by involving family members, clergy, and community partners who can be positive influenceson at-risk youth and former offenders.

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