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Abstract: Domestic violence is an ongoing concern for both the police and the community. Research shows that the ability to intervene during early stages of emotional and verbal abuse or less physically injurious violence is critical to preventing future violence. As the first responders, police are uniquely poised to play a key role in assisting social service and public health efforts to prevent and reduce domestic violence. Police often see problematic relationships and families well before victim advocates, doctors, and other service providers are even aware there is a problem. Domestic-related calls for service are one of the most frequent categories law enforcement agencies respond to, even though many of these calls may not lead to an arrest. This guide provides a process for proactive police response to the short-term problem of repeat calls for service at residences, called domestic-related repeat incidents or DRRI. Importantly, the process does not replace what police and the criminal justice system already do for individual domestic violence crimes and victims but provides a complementary strategy that fills a gap by systematically addressing repeat noncriminal incidents occurring at residences with the aim of forestalling more serious violence and keeping individuals, families, and the community safer.
Abstract: Nine mayors whose cities have experienced mass shootings in recent years attended the Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in January 2020 in Washington, D.C. Their goal in that session was to alert their audience to the need to prepare for a mass shooting; this document captures many of the key points offered that day by these mayors and later by key city staff involved in the response to one of the deadliest mass shooting incidents in U.S. history. It is intended to provide guidance on the preparation that should take place in anticipation of an incident occurring, the critical importance of communication during the response to an incident, and the wide range of tasks that must be anticipated in the incident's wake. The publication is offered to all mayors in the hope that they will never have to call upon the preparations described.
Abstract: Since 2005, the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission has combined the efforts of criminal justice, public health, and community stakeholders to gain a better understanding of homicide through strategic problem analysis, develop innovative and effective responses and prevention strategies, and help focus prevention and intervention resources. Driving this work is the understanding that homicides are preventable. This training manual lays out a series of steps, grouped into ten modules for law enforcement and community service agencies to follow in creating homicide review commissions in their own communities. The recommendations, methods, and strategies provided can be adapted for different contexts, locations, and for other crime and public health problems.
Abstract: Since 2005, the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission (MHRC) has combined the efforts of criminal justice, public health, and community stakeholders to gain a better understanding of homicide through strategic problem analysis, develop innovative and effective responses and prevention strategies, and help focus prevention and intervention resources. Driving this work is the understanding that homicides are preventable. The MHRC received a COPS Office grant to develop a training on how to establish and run a homicide review commission; this training has been published by the COPS Office as National Homicide Review Training and Technical Assistance Project: Homicide Review Training Manual. This white paper reviews the development, implementation, and assessment of the site-based trainings on which the manual is based.
Abstract: Violence continues to plague minority communities across the United States, which has implications not only for public safety but also for public health. The Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative seeks to engage public health organizations, law enforcement agencies, schools, juvenile justice agencies, and community-based groups to curb violence and reduce disparities in access to public health. The Center for Court Innovation was funded by the COPS Office to provide technical assistance and produce a final evaluation report identifying challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for future programming on programs at nine sites funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health.