Violent crime is a deadly serious challenge, but it is also a solvable one. Cities, as well as states and the federal government, are not helpless in the face of rising rates of shootings and killings. By taking, or supporting, the ten essential steps below, government and community leaders can avoid polarizing political debates and promote peace and safety in their communities. These actions can begin immediately, without the need for massive budgets or new legislation. The main ingredients are courage and commitment. As the famous Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”

-- Council on Criminal Justice

Ten Essential Actions

1. Set a clear goal: commit to saving lives by stopping violence

2. Identify the key people and places driving the violence

3. Create a citywide plan for engaging key people and places

4. Engage key people with empathy and accountability

5. Address key locations using place-based policing and investment

6. Place responsibility for violence reduction at the top

7. Emphasize healing with trauma-informed approaches

8. Invest in anti-violence workforce development

9. Set aside funding for new stakeholders and strategies

10. Commit to continuous improvement based on data, evidence, and peer-to-peer learning

Find additional information and resources concerning state and federal support here.