The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is pleased to collaborate with a consortium of cities in the Violence Reduction Network (VRN), an innovative approach to support and enhance local violence reduction efforts. This data-driven, evidence-based initiative complements DOJ’s Smart on Crime initiative through delivery of strategic, intensive training and technical assistance.
Designed to enhance a site’s current goals, VRN builds on efforts already under way, leverages lessons learned, and delivers a broad spectrum of resources via a strategic and holistic approach.
Ongoing, tailored training and technical assistance, based on goals developed at the summit and individual site needs, to enhance local violence reduction initiatives.
Working collaboratively with DOJ and practitioners and researchers, the VRN sites have the opportunity to collaborate with other participating sites in a community of practice to address similar needs, problems, and interests.
VRN provides opportunities to engage in meaningful, hands-on exchange among VRN sites to maximize opportunities for knowledge transfer and information sharing.
VRN provides various violence reduction-focused resources are offered to VRN sites from ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS.
The Violence Reduction Clearinghouse serves as a one-stop shop for violence reduction-related resources. The Clearinghouse provides the opportunity for users to build a custom “toolkit” based on specific areas of need, types of resources, agency size, and more. The Clearinghouse includes model programs, best practices and strategies, trainings, technical assistance, Webinars, podcasts, publications, VRN site success stories, VRN peer exchange examples, and more. VRN invites you to visit the Clearinghouse to explore strategies and resources that may be beneficial in your violence reduction efforts.Violence Reduction Clearinghouse
"The Violence Reduction Network is an important tool, and we have found it to be one of the ways in which we have been able to bring focused law enforcement resources really at a very cost-effective way to jurisdictions that have been struggling with historically high crime rates."
“Our greatest asset is our ability to work together. By bringing together the very best of federal, state, and local actors, we can develop solutions that no one entity could produce on its own. These partnerships will be crucial in the months and years ahead.”
“This new, “all-hands” approach to curbing endemic violence is founded on the recognition that our efforts are most effective when all criminal justice leaders stand united. And it’s predicated on the notion that – although violent crime is in some ways a fundamentally local problem – it is not one that any community can meet in isolation.”
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