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Newark's Hotspot Violence Prevention Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,196,085)

The Newark Police Department proposes to fund, for the first time ever, the coordinated implementation of both the Boston Ceasefire and 'Hotspot", another comprehensive violence prevention strategy, both of which are proven, evidence-based strategies. Newark's proposed "Hotspot" strategy would complement deterrence with community mobilization, outreach by credible and responsible Newark residents, improved access to and coordination of needed services, job development, a youth-led marketing strategy, and the contribution of the faith-based community in reinforcing the message that violence is neither the answer nor the morally right choice. Newark has reviewed current and past violence reduction efforts and proposes to reinforce and expand the most promising. The Central and South Wards of Newark will be the focus neighborhoods because 60 percent of the homicides in the City were committed in these neighborhoods in 2010. The target population will be the "highest-risk" 16 to 30 year-olds who are likely to perpetrate or be victims of shootings and murders.


Date Created: August 30, 2011