Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

National Anti-gun Violence Program Largely Successful

November 25, 2009
Michigan State University
Project Safe Neighborhoods -- a community-based policing effort launched in 2001 -- has been largely successful in its goal of reducing violent crime, according to a new analysis.

Project Safe Neighborhoods -- a community-based policing effort launched in 2001 -- has been largely successful in its goal of reducing violent crime, according to an analysis by Michigan State University, the national research and training partner of the federal initiative.

Related Articles

And, as an offshoot of the program, the U.S. Department of Justice recently awarded MSU $1 million in stimulus funding to expand a research and training program designed to eliminate illegal drug markets.

"One of the dynamics driving violent crime in the United States is open-air drug markets," said Ed McGarrell, lead researcher on the project and professor and director of MSU's School of Criminal Justice. "There's also a harmful community effect where this drug activity tends to create a lot of fear among local residents."

The Justice Department started Project Safe Neighborhoods eight years ago to reduce the level of gun violence across the country. Federal officials chose MSU's criminal justice faculty to train local, state and federal law enforcement personnel on cutting-edge enforcement and prevention practices and to research and continually refine the community policing program.

The initiative stresses involvement from community groups and intervention into the lives of potential gun-crime victims and perpetrators, with possible assistance for vocational training, drug treatment and other needs, McGarrell said. The program is coordinated by the 94 U.S. Attorney offices nationwide.

In the 26 cities where the program was implemented rigorously, violent crime dropped by an average of 13 percent from 2000 to 2006, according to MSU's analysis. The 38 cities that did not implement the program thoroughly saw violent crime increase by an average of 8 percent.

MSU submitted its evaluation to the Justice Department earlier this year. Attorney General Eric Holder subsequently cited the results at the National Institute of Justice annual conference as reflective of the Justice Department's commitment to evidence-based practice.

"Project Safe Neighborhoods was a qualified success," McGarrell said, "in the sense that what it really demonstrated was that the program had a powerful impact when it was implemented effectively."

As the program progressed, officials in High Point, N.C., took a similar, community-based approach to permanently shutting down illegal drug markets. Building on that experience, and with MSU's guidance, 16 additional cities -- from Atlanta to Middletown, Ohio, to Seattle -- have similarly attacked the drug problem.

The $1 million grant from the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance will allow MSU to provide anti-drug market training to law enforcement personnel and community groups in 12 more cities, while continuing to research and refine the program. McGarrell said the cities have not yet been selected.

Lansing, Mich., received a $350,000 grant from the Department of Justice to implement its own anti-drug program, with MSU evaluating.

To date, MSU has landed about $5 million in Justice Department funding for the anti-gun violence and anti-drug initiatives. McGarrell said the programs embrace MSU's land-grant tradition of combining education, research and outreach -- a full-circle approach designed to solve real-world problems.

He added that the School of Criminal Justice, which turns 75 next year, is the nation's oldest degree-granting criminal justice program.

"The community policing movement was largely begun through research by MSU faculty," McGarrell said. "We've always tried to be on the cutting-edge of new developments in the field of criminal justice."

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Michigan State University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Cite This Page:

Michigan State University. "National Anti-gun Violence Program Largely Successful." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 November 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091109142127.htm>.
Michigan State University. (2009, November 25). National Anti-gun Violence Program Largely Successful. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091109142127.htm
Michigan State University. "National Anti-gun Violence Program Largely Successful." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091109142127.htm (accessed December 19, 2014).

Share This

More From ScienceDaily

More Science & Society News

Friday, December 19, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Navy Unveils Robot Fish

Navy Unveils Robot Fish

Reuters - Light News Video Online (Dec. 18, 2014) The U.S. Navy unveils an underwater device that mimics the movement of a fish. Tara Cleary reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Kids Die While Under Protective Services

Kids Die While Under Protective Services

AP (Dec. 18, 2014) As part of a six-month investigation of child maltreatment deaths, the AP found that hundreds of deaths from horrific abuse and neglect could have been prevented. AP's Haven Daley reports. (Dec. 18) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
How 2014 Shaped The Future Of The Internet

How 2014 Shaped The Future Of The Internet

Newsy (Dec. 18, 2014) It has been a long, busy year for Net Neutrality. The stage is set for an expected landmark FCC decision sometime in 2015. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
White House: Sony Hack a 'serious National Security Matter'

White House: Sony Hack a 'serious National Security Matter'

AFP (Dec. 18, 2014) White House spokesperson Josh Earnest says cyber attacks that ultimately prompted Sony Pictures to scrap the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea are a "serious national security matter." Duration: 00:35 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.


Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

Science & Society

Business & Industry

Education & Learning

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News


Free Subscriptions

Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile

Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?

Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins