The Urban Peace Academy was established to train gang interventionists, the only publicly funded training program in the nation for gang interventionists. The academy has trained more than 2,400 gang interventionists and law enforcement officers in cutting-edge techniques that reduce violence and keep peace in the hot zones. This has resulted in collaboration and shared accountability to achieve public safety.
For more information see the overview of The Urban Peace Academy here or contact Fernando Rejón at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Violence Needs Assessment
A needs assessment is an important first step to any public policy problem-solving process. Urban Peace Institute has found that in order to understand the complex dynamics of violence in a community, it is worthwhile to undertake a comprehensive community violence assessment. A good community needs assessment should combine statistical data analysis and community engaged research to ascertain community stakeholder perceptions and experiences.
In partnership with local organizations, we employ research methods, such as the Community Safety Scorecard, to reveal the extent of public safety inequity in a community. Despite the inequity, we find it important to note that each community has a unique array of assets and risks and any strategy implemented must build upon the resources that already exist in the area.