Eight cities collaborate with the OJP Diagnostic Center to combat violent crime through DOJ initiative

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The National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) initiative provides an innovative framework for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to enhance its support of state, local and tribal law enforcement and prosecution authorities in aggressively investigating and prosecuting violent criminals, especially those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence. Additionally, the PSP initiative helps communities build capacity to fight violent crime, by making use of data-driven, evidence-based strategies tailored to specific local concerns, and by drawing upon the Department’s expertise and resources.

Launched in June 2017, the PSP initiative offers two distinct levels of engagement for U.S. cities: Diagnostic and Operations. These levels are complimentary and enable DOJ to provide cities of varied sizes and diverse needs customized training and technical assistance (TTA) to address violent crime. The PSP Diagnostic Sites receive tailored training and technical assistance from the OJP Diagnostic Center that specializes in stakeholder and relationship building; data collection and analysis; governance structure and program management; action plan development and evaluation; capacity building and community engagement and buy-in.

Currently, the eight PSP Diagnostic Sites are Baton Rouge (LA), Buffalo (NY), Cincinnati (OH), Houston (TX), Jackson (TN), Kansas City (MO), Lansing (MI) and Springfield (IL). As part of the PSP initiative, each site refines and implements strategies to reduce violent crime and enhance officer safety with the support of the OJP Diagnostic Center.

Since June 2017, the eight Diagnostic Sites have completed a self-assessment to determine their current capacity to reduce violent crime and created multi-disciplinary PSP Working Groups. The PSP Working Groups are pivotal to developing a community-driven TTA Plan to focus violence reduction efforts on critical violent crime issues identified by each site.

The OJP Diagnostic Center will continue to support each PSP Diagnostic Site over the course of an 18-month period. During this time the OJP Diagnostic Center will provide customized training, subject matter expert consultation, technical assistance and other violent crime reduction assistance based upon the unique needs of each site. Overall, the PSP initiative strives to support communities and law enforcement in violent crime reduction and provides customized support based upon the identified needs of each community for violence reduction.

To learn more visit www.nationalpublicsafetypartnership.org.