NC Gang Investigators Conference in Pinehurst

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 grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission to implement the EKG program to all 7th and 9th graders in the county-wide school system. We will serve as the evaluators on the project. The EKG program will be implemented during health classes and consists of a video followed by a writing assignment and discussion facilitated by trained police personnel to understand the consequences of gun violence. The goal is to help students better understand key decision points and how to make wise decisions in those situations.