Technical Assistance


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, community organizations, and foundations working to improve safety in communities. Since, 2011, UPI has supported over 20 cities across the country in implementing community safety solutions and training local law enforcement.  Our services are tailored directly to address the unique needs of each region.

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Research And Analysis

UPI regularly engages in research projects to determine effective, smart justice strategies to break the cycle of violence and guide public sector resources.

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Community Assessments

UPI conducts community surveys, focus groups, data mapping, asset identification and gang crime analysis to determine a tailored approach to combat violence. Assessment results identify safety strategies and recommend targeted approaches to create safer communities. See examples of our assessments Watts & WillowbrookEast Los Angeles, and Harvard Park

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Urban Peace Academy

We provide tailored training for gang intervention workers, public sector leaders, and law enforcement agencies to prevent and reduce violence.


Policy Development and Implementation

UPI uplifts the voices of residents affected by violence to advocate for law enforcement and justice systems reforms. Learn more about our Smart Justice approach.

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Leadership Development

We provide tailored trainings developing the capacity of residents to create, implement and lead safety strategies in their communities. Learn more about our community trainings.

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Bridge Building

UPI forges relationships between community members and law enforcement to develop trust and provide oversight for relationship based policing strategies. Learn more about our work with the Community Safety Partnership in South Los Angeles.

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Strategy And Program Development

UPI works with public agencies, cities, law enforcement, and nonprofits to develop coordinated approaches to combat violence. Learn more about our efforts to develop effective regional safety strategies.


"The work we do is for systems impact. Systems impact means nothing if you can't transform the hearts and minds of individuals."

Connie Rice