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Detroit Community-based Violence Prevention Grant

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,500,000)

The Community-Based Violence Prevention Program provides funding for localities to support federal, state, and local partnerships to replicate proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce violence. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112-55.

Detroit's Comprehensive Youth Violence Prevention Plan identifies the need for a program that will quickly and dramatically reduce youth-driven gun violence and associated homicides with sustainable results. As a result, the Detroit Police Department (DPD), in partnership with the Mayor Dave Bing's Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (YVPI), plans to implement CEASEFIRE Detroit as a Community-Based Violence Prevention Program. CEASEFIRE Detroit is a community outreach and mobilization project designed to reduce or eliminate youth-driven gun violence in Detroit neighborhoods and to change community norms about the acceptability of violence. This evidence-based program grew out of Detroit's Comprehensive Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (YVPI), and is modeled on the successful Boston CEASEFIRE Program. It builds on existing, successful coalitions of community organizations, clergy, education and law enforcement agencies to reach at-risk youth in a Detroit community where youth violence is pervasive. Project implementation will begin in Detroit's 9th Precinct, part of its Eastern District. Detroit's team will identify the worst of the worst perpetrators of gun and gang violence, call them in to deliver messages regarding enforcement and community impact and offer opportunities to change their behavior. Dr. Edmund McGarrell of Michigan State University will lead the project's research, technical assistance, and process and impact evaluation activities.


Date Created: August 7, 2012