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Star For Immediate Release
August 1, 2014

CONTACT: Dean M. Kueter, Jr
(202) 305-5012


COPS OFFICE DISCUSSES PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACHES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE

Convenes Session Entitled “Spreading a Cure for Crime: How communities can reap the benefits of public health and law enforcement collaborations”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Today the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, The California Endowment, and the Center for Court Innovation will convene an executive roundtable to discuss how communities can benefit when law enforcement and public health work together to use new models to reduce crime and make communities healthier and safer.

The roundtable discussion is third in a series hosted by the California Endowment offices. It will provide an opportunity for law enforcement chief executives, public health innovators, foundations, and researchers to discuss the latest developments in public health and public safety collaborations, help bring new approaches to the table, and brainstorm around what concrete steps are needed to take the approach to the next level.

The roundtable will feature presentations by Dr. J. Nadine Gracia from the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and partner on the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Program, and Dr. Anthony Iton Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, the overseer for the 10-year, multimillion-dollar statewide commitment to advance policies and forge partnerships to build health communities.

Remarks will also l be provided by Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts from Baltimore Police Department, Deputy Commissioner Nola Joyce from Philadelphia Police Department, and Director Mallory O’Brien from the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission. The discussion and information presented will be summarized in a COPS publication.

“Being smart on crime means we go to the root cause of a problem and not simply respond to its symptoms” said Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office. “By treating violence as a disease we not only change the conditions that contribute to violence, we improve the health of the community, and a healthy community is a safe community.”

Lack of access to mental health services can be a directly link to unsafe communities. As a result of today’s discussion on mental health and effective community policing strategies, the COPS strives to gather promising practices that can be used to help the law enforcement across the country.

The COPS Office is the federal agency responsible for advancing public safety through community policing. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance. Recently, COPS has undertaken two new projects, Collaborative Reform and Critical Response, to provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies seeking to reform their practices.

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