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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 […]

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 […]

NC Is Taking Domestic Violence Seriously

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , ,

Sites throughout NC are taking a closer look at how to take domestic violence more seriously from a legal standpoint. Lexington is replicating High Point’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative and they began C- and D-list offender notifications on July 1, 2014. Thus far, 83 domestic violence offenders have been notified by the Lexington Police Department that the violence will no longer be tolerated. Offenders are told that they are now on a watch list for domestic violence offenders and that future offending will be met with swift, severe, and certain consequences. From now on the Police Department will focus […]

Rockingham County Sees Decline in Violent Crime Using Data-Driven Focused Deterrence Approach

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources, Uncategorized.

Our partners with Project Safe Rockingham County recently reported a 20% decrease in armed robberies, which were up slightly a year ago. By using data to drive the focused deterrence strategy and direct it toward offenders known to be engaged in armed robbery in Rockingham County, the County has successfully lowered the number of armed robberies occurring in the County. In addition, armed robberies are one of four violent offenses reported in the State Bureau of Investigation’s violent crime index. Since focused deterrence work began in Rockingham County in 2010 in partnership with the North Carolina Network for Safe Communities, […]

Five Things About Deterrence reported in USAO Middle District Newsletter

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources. Tags: , , , ,

The September 2014 edition of the Middle District of NC’s newsletter from the United States Attorney’s Office includes an article which summarizes the latest evidence regarding how deterrence works to prevent crime. The article takes the following points from Daniel Nagin’s work, all of which lend support to the focused deterrence strategy as an effective way to deter violent crime: 1) The certainty of being caught is a vastly more powerful deterrent than the punishment. 2) Sending an offender to prison isn’t a very effective way to deter crime. 3) Police deter crime by increasing the perception that criminals will […]

NC Gang Investigators Conference in Pinehurst

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources.

NC Network for Safe Communities attended the NC Gang Investigators Conference in Pinehurst last week. We were able to catch up with many of our partners across the state and meet new folks doing crime and violence reduction work on the resource and law enforcement fronts. The NC Gang Investigators Conference has two tracks: one for community and one for law enforcement. As usual, the topics discussed were relevant and we were happy to support our partners at the Fayetteville Police Department in their presentation on their latest Educating Kids about Gun Violence (EKG) program. Fayetteville Police Department received a […]

NCNSC Consulted by UK Researchers about the OFDVI Strategy to Combat Domestic Violence

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources, Uncategorized.

NCNSC was contacted by a group of researchers and practitioners in the United Kingdom who were interested in learning more about High Point Police Department’s application of focused deterrence to combat domestic violence. The group published a report entitled, Domestic Violence: Evidence Review in which they stated: “While domestic violence is high on the public policy agenda in the UK, successive reviews have highlighted policing problems. A recent HMIC report found domestic violence is not policed at the same level as other offences and identified a catalogue of policing failures that have a long history of recurrence. With domestic violence […]

Latest Results of the High Point Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources, Uncategorized.

Last week, NC Network for Safe Communities presented along with the High Point Police Department at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence conference. The latest evaluation results of the effort are very promising. At the two year mark since implementation of the initiative, domestic violence offenders who have been notified have a 9% recidivism as measured by repeat arrest for a domestic violence-related crime. Also, domestic-related arrests , domestic assaults with injury, and intimate partner domestic calls for service have all  decreased significantly since implementation. The findings support that domestic violence offender behavior can be changed by stripping their […]

Project Safe Rockingham County Updates

Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Stacy Sechrist under News, Resources, Uncategorized.

A PSRC Article from March 2014 makes the case that the PSN strategy in Rockingham County has saved money by reducing offender recidivism and has changed the lives of offenders who have been notified through the initiative. This article is a great example of how other sites may sell their strategy through the media by telling success stories and showcasing the benefits. Many thanks to Guilio Daterro for sharing this article with us.