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Welcome to the Violence Reduction Network (VRN), an innovative approach to support and enhance local violence reduction efforts.

 

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.

LOCALLY FOCUSED AND SUPPORTED

The following organization and structure of VRN are designed to convene federal, state, and local law enforcement and key stakeholders in the selected sites around the issue of violence reduction.

Site Team Footprint

Executive leadership provides oversight and support.

United States Attorneys’ Offices and law enforcement leadership will serve as local points of contact and coordinate activities and services for the VRN sites.

A Strategic Site Liaison (SSL) works with each site to coordinate project services and support enhancement of the site’s violence reduction efforts.

A DOJ Program Office Champion serves as the point of contact for the site to effectively navigate access to DOJ programmatic resources.

A DOJ Law Enforcement Champion serves as the point of contact for the site to effectively navigate access to DOJ law enforcement resources.

A VRN Analyst, provided by BJA’s training and technical assistance (TTA) provider, supports the site’s violence reduction efforts.

DOJ law enforcement agencies support local violence reduction efforts through field offices.

VRN RESOURCE OPPORTUNITIES

  • Tailored Training and Technical Assistance—Ongoing, tailored training and technical assistance, based on goals developed at the summit and individual site needs, to enhance local violence reduction initiatives.
  • Community of Practice—Working collaboratively with DOJ and practitioners and researchers, the VRN sites will have the opportunity to collaborate with other participating sites in a community of practice to address similar needs, problems, and interests.
  • Peer-to-Peer Learning—Opportunities to engage in meaningful, hands-on exchange among VRN sites to maximize opportunities for knowledge transfer and information sharing.
  • Federal Law Enforcement Assistance—Various violence reduction focused resources are offered to VRN sites from ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS.

VRN SITES

The sites identified for VRN are communities that have been working to address high rates of violent crime in their communities. They also represent jurisdictions in different geographic regions with distinctive characteristics, such as multiple federal initiatives or a unique law enforcement structure.

The VRN Sites are:

  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Compton, California
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Oakland/Richmond, California
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • West Memphis, Arkansas
  • Wilmington, Delaware
 

For more information, contact: info@vrnetwork.org.

 

Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-DG-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.