1-29 gun homicides

Problem-Solving Hot Spots

Approach Hot spots policing is a law enforcement strategies that focuses on small land areas with high crime rates.  To better address and prevent gun violence, law enforcement agencies focus their resources on very specific locations in a community or neighborhood.  By focusing on solving problems in small areas with… Read More

Utilize data and deploy law enforcement resources to the small geographic areas with the highest rates of gun violence.

Violence Reduction Fellowships

Approach Violence reduction fellowship programs, often referred to as the Peacemaker Fellowship®, are an intensive gun violence prevention strategy that originated in Richmond, California, and attempts to break the cycle of gun violence in disproportionately impacted communities. These fellowship programs use a combination of outreach worker observational data and city… Read More

Provide intensive social services and financial opportunity to individuals at high-risk of committing violent offenses.

Early Intervention Systems

Approach Law enforcement agencies across the nation are implementing data-driven solutions to identify officers at high risk of problematic behavior, before it occurs. One solution being used by law enforcement to address use-of-force issues and officer-involved shootings is a data-based personnel management tool called an Early Intervention System. An EIS… Read More

Implement systems to identify officers at-risk of engaging in improper conduct or excessive use of force and address behaviors.

Domestic Violence Danger and Lethality Assessments

Approach The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a victim will be killed.1Jacquelyn C. Campbell et al., “Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results from a Multisite Case Control Study,” American Journal of Public Health 93, no. Read More

Implement assessments in domestic violence cases to identify survivors who are at high-risk of becoming homicide victims.

Disarm Domestic Abusers

Approach Domestic violence perpetrators are prohibited under federal law from owning, buying, or possessing a gun. Many states also ban domestic abusers from possessing a gun. However, domestic abusers often keep their guns and purchase more guns even after they are prohibited, because cities do not fully implement and enforce… Read More

Implement surrender and enforcement protocols to disarm domestic abusers who are not legally allowed to possess guns.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Approach One significant environmental factor that influences the prevalence of lethal violence in high-risk areas is a concentration of blighted properties.1Matthew Valasik, Elizabeth E. Brault, and Stephen M. Martinez, “Forecasting Homicide in the Red Stick: Risk Terrain Modeling and the Spatial Influence of Urban Blight on… Read More

Transform public spaces where crime occurs into safe, community-centered places.

NICS Denials Investigations

Approach The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is used by firearm background check examiners, either at the FBI or, in some states, by agencies known as points of contact, to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to purchase a firearm.1… Read More

Investigate background check denials to identify individuals who may be at-risk of committing violence.

Multi-Discipline Homicide & Shooting Incident Reviews

Approach While many police agencies make it a regular practice to review gun-related homicides and non-fatal shootings internally and to form violence prevention strategies based on this information (i.e., CompStat and similar practices), expanding this practice to include organizations outside of the policing or criminal justice field can be beneficial. Read More

Convene stakeholders to review homicide and shooting incidents and develop intervention and prevention strategies.

Open Data and Transparency

Approach The transparency created by open data promotes co-ownership of gun violence reduction with community members. To promote these principles, many agencies have increasingly begun sharing open data with the public.1National Police Foundation, “Police Data Initiative,” accessed June 13, 2019, https://www.policedatainitiative.org/; Laura Neitzel, “How Police Can… Read More

Share law enforcement and city data with the community to build trust and improve community-based services.