The National Network for Safe Communities supports cities to implement and advance proven strategies to:
- Reduce violence and improve public safety
- Minimize arrest and incarceration
- Strengthen communities
- Improve relationships between law enforcement and communities
Scores of American cities have implemented the National Network’s strategies with powerful impact, particularly the Group Violence Intervention (GVI), first implemented as “Operation Ceasefire” in Boston in the mid-1990s, and the Drug Market Intervention (DMI), first implemented in High Point, North Carolina, in 2004. Substantial research and field experience has proven that these interventions are associated with large reductions in violence and other serious crime.,A Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review—the gold standard in assessing the body of evidence in social science interventions— found “strong empirical evidence” for impact. The National Network has also begun to adapt its approach to other contexts, such as strategic prosecution, reconciliation between law enforcement and distressed communities, and problems such as domestic violence and prison violence.