How to Reinvest in Communities When Reducing the Scope of Policing

July 29, 2020 | by Ed Chung and Betsy Pearl | Center for American Progress

Invest Communities

While some Americans characterize recent calls by protestors to reduce the role of law enforcement as radical, this article explains how doing so could lead to more effective public safety approaches. The key is investing in social services and community-based efforts. This article offers examples of such efforts, including the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) in Richmond, California. When the ONS was launched in 2007, Richmond was considered one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. From 2007 to 2017, the homicide rate in Richmond dropped by 80%. A 2015 process evaluation by NCCD looked at the unique programs of the ONS and their success in improving public safety. NCCD’s process evaluation report regarding the ONS is available here. Read the full article by the Center for American Progress here.