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Preliminary Findings on Gang Activity in North Carolina

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources. Tags: , , , , , ,

NC Network for Safe Communities was tasked with creating a survey for distribution at the 2015 North Carolina Gang Investigator’s Conference and Gang Free North Carolina Academy. 394 law enforcement and community resource partners participated in the survey representing nearly every county in NC.  Main findings were that: All types of gangs are present and active in NC communities, though local neighborhood crews were the most commonly reported. 68% of respondents reported that gang membership in their community has increased over the past two years, while 26% of respondents reported that gang membership has stayed the same. When asked about […]

Article in Governing Magazine highlights Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative’s success in High Point

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2016 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , ,

The NCNSC team was interviewed by reporter, John Buntin, of Governing Magazine about the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative in High Point.  The article, published in March 2016, highlights High Point’s success in reducing domestic violence offenses and recidivism through the focused deterrence strategy. Additionally, Lexington, NC has replicated the strategy and experienced success in combating the problem of intimate partner domestic violence. NCNSC’s John Weil was quoted in the article about the mindset needed for other agencies to replicate the initiative:  “The operational piece of this is very complex and requires quite a bit of commitment and attention to […]

Research into Action: Presentation for Reentry, Smart on Crime, and Project Safe Neighborhoods meeting

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by Stacy Sechrist under News.

We were very honored to present at the January 21st joint middle and eastern district advisory team meeting entitled: Reentry, Smart on Crime, and Project Safe Neighborhoods. Speakers from across the state and at the federal level shared thoughts on “Smart on Crime” initiatives. Many local speakers shared their personal experiences with having worked on re-entry programs and Project Safe Neighborhoods focused deterrence strategies.  Each speaker was able to tell their version of how they have seen various reentry and PSN strategies be successful– some with hard stats and data and others with anecdotal stories about how they have personally […]

NCNSC Presents Evaluation Findings for Fayetteville Police Department’s Educating Kids About Gun Violence (EKG) Program

Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2015 by Stacy Sechrist under News.

NCNSC was invited by partners at Fayetteville Police Department (FPD) to present initial evaluation findings about the Educating Kids about Gun Violence (EKG) program that FPD has been implementing in 7th and 9th grade health classrooms in all of the Cumberland County School System. FPD hosted a one day training for other sites, including law enforcement and resource partners, who may be interested in replicating the program. The local ABC news affiliate in Fayetteville covered the training (Click to view news segment). Initial evaluation results are promising for the EKG program showing that students report less favorable attitudes toward guns, […]

NCNSC Presents Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI) Evaluation Findings at National Conference

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Stacy Sechrist under News.

Stacy Sechrist and John Weil of the North Carolina Network for Safe Communities presented their latest evaluation findings of the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI) at the 2nd National Network for Safe Communities Practitioners Conference hosted at John Jay College in New Work, NY on June 25. A few key findings were presented which are very encouraging for the strategy’s success in impacting three areas: Reducing domestic violence offender recidivism Reducing victim harm Reducing calls for service and arrests for domestic violence over time Specifically, in High Point and Lexington, the reoffense rates for domestic violence offenders who have […]

The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by Stacy Sechrist under News.

The final report is out which includes many recommendations or action items to police agencies moving forward. The goal of the recommendations is to “strengthen community policing and trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.” Recommendations were made in Six Key Areas: Building Trust and Legitimacy Police and Oversight Technology and Social Media Community Policing and Crime Reduction Training and Education Officer Wellness and Safety The time is ripe for forging academic researcher and police agency partnerships to evaluate new methods implemented based on the recommendations in an effort to determine best practices that can be replicated […]

What Do We Know about Notified Offenders in High Point’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative? Interim Data Report Available

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2015 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Uncategorized. Tags: , ,

An interim analysis of domestic violence offenders who have been notified through the High Point Police Department’s focused deterrence initiative reveals that we know quite a bit how well the strategy is working in reducing domestic violence recidivism and with what types of offenders. First of all, in general, the strategy of notifying domestic violence offenders that the police department now has a new way of dealing with domestic violence and is taking domestic violence crimes seriously works to deter future domestic violence recidivism. The notification message goes onto to say that we [the police department] know who you are […]

Fayetteville PSN Partner Gets Positive Press

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Uncategorized. Tags: , , ,

Our partners in Fayetteville have gotten positive press about what they are doing to help ex-felons get a positive start. Mr. Tommy Kinlaw, a community member and partner with Fayetteville Police Department in their PSN (Operation Ceasefire) focused deterrence efforts, was recently featured in an article in the Fayetteville Observer. According to the article, “Kinlaw has become the face of recent community efforts to better transition services for former offenders looking to re-enter society”. Kinlaw runs a grocery store and believes that the community must step up and give ex-offenders a chance to get on their feet– and that is […]

High Point’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative Showing Positive Results

Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources, Uncategorized.

An article in the Blue Ridge Times was published which highlights the NC Network’s evaluation and expertise about the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative in High Point, NC. Henderson, NC among other sites across the state and country are eager to learn more about the strategy and its potential success in reducing domestic violence recidivism. Last week, the NC Network’s John Weil and Stacy Sechrist presented along with Chief Kepley, Captain Rummage, and Lt. Carter from Lexington (NC) Police Department about the strategy as it is being implemented there. The presentation took place at the 3rd Innovations in Domestic and […]

Statesville/Iredell County Holds First Domestic Violence Call-In

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , ,

Our partners in Statesville/Iredell Couty held their first-ever call-in for domestic violence offenders on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. According to Capt. Dan Miglin of the Statesville Police Department, there were some 2,832 cases of domestic violence investigated in Iredell County in 2013. Statesville/Iredell modeled their initiative after High Point’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative. The North Carolina Network for Safe Communities has been in partnership with the High Point Police Department since the planning stages of their domestic violence strategy and been in partnership with Statesville/Iredell since 2009 in assisting them with implementation of their initial focused deterrence strategy to […]