UPI develops and implements policy, practice and systems solutions to reduce violence, achieve safety and improve community health.
Urban Peace Academy
The Urban Peace Academy develops teams of trained professionals working to prevent and reduce violence. Our rigorous instruction program presents effective strategies for forming relationships and trust between residents and officers to ensure neighborhood safety. This work has never been more important, as recent events highlight the need to bridge the gap between law enforcement and communities of color.
Safe and Healthy Communities
UPI creates safe and healthy communities by developing tailored solutions for neighborhoods effected by violence. At the core of our efforts, we promote relationship based policing to improve law enforcement and community interactions. We then engage in policy and systems change effirts to rbing our work to scale and ensure lasting change.
UPI works to reduce violence and promote community health and healing through smart justice policy solutions that empower communities, transform policies, and promote individual transformation. We advocate to reform the overly punitive criminal and juvenile justice systems, as well as the CalGang database and the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
While UPI’s maintains a strong focus on ensuring safety in Los Angeles, the organization also supports cities across the country to implement violence reduction strategies. UPI provides technical assistance to municipalities, law enforcement agencies, schools, and foundations working to improve safety in communities. Since 20011, UPI has supported over 20 cities across the country in implementing community safety solutions and training local law enforcement.