1100 and counting

We did the math last week and since 1998, High Point Police Department, NC Probation and Parole and HP Community Against Violence have confronted 1109 individuals with our message to “Stop the Violence.”  We work in five areas and here is the numbers break down for each:

Repeat violent crime offenders:  975

Gang and robbery offenders:  15

Juvenile offenders:  24

Drug Market intervention offenders:  80

Domestic Violence offenders, our newest area:  15

Meanwhile, High Point’s population has grown 39% while our violent crime has gone down 54%.  Our rate of recidivism is approximately 10%.  That means about 90% of our offenders do not reoffend.

This means High Point is a safer place for everyone!

Life Construction Program

HPCAV is fortunate to be associated with a dedicated volunteer, Ed Kimsey.  Ed created the Life Construction Program, based on his 25 plus years of experience as a residential builder, and has partnered with the clients of HPCAV to make it a reality.

Per Ed, “The construction industry is full of people who struggle with the basics of life:  money management; addictions; lack of driver’s licenses; family problems; homelessness; the list goes on and on.  I began to visualize a program which would enable participants to learn a skill that would allow them the opportunity to better themselves at the ‘process of living.’  These are things that most people take for granted. I compare the concept to building a house “as with a life, one must begin building with a strong foundation.”

How did it all come together?  First, Ed had a great idea.  Then, a local bank offered a building lot opportunity.  Shortly after that, Ed guided some HPCAV clients in building a shed for the Southside Community Garden and saw both talent and a desire to work!  He realized he had potential construction workers for the house.  An interested individual agreed to lease with an option to purchase.  A loan was approved; the lot was purchased and construction of a home began in January, 2012.

The house is well underway as is the personal development of our workers!  Ed has noticed that the guys he is working with are taking pride – in their newly learned skills, in the home they are building and in themselves as contributing members of our community.

More opportunities are needed!  Lots are available for building, but we need buyers or donations to purchase the lots.
If you are interested in supporting this effort in some way, please contact Jim Summey at 336-870-1114.

A Week Later

One week after our first Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative “call in” or notification meeting and NONE of the twelve participants has re-offended!   Four have called the office and will be helped by Jim, moving on to more intensive counseling if they ask for it.

Also in the past week, four individuals whose prior offenses were so severe they were not given an opportunity to “hear the message” have been prosecuted.  Their sentences ranged from 14 months to 44 months.  This may not sound like much, but these sentences are two to four times LONGER than they would have been in the past.  Why?  Because our prosecutors and judges are very supportive of this effort and they are staying on top of it.

 

 

Domestic Violence Initiative Underway

High Point has a new violence reduction effort:  Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative.  Like our other efforts targeted at street level drug dealers and gang violence, this one is focused on offenders in domestic violence cases.

“How we address domestic violence as a community has changed,” said police Chief Jim Fealy.  “It’s not going to be tolerated.”

This initiative employs the same basic strategy, now known nationally as the High Point Model:

  • Study the data about our known domestic violence offenders;
  • Put on notice (through a call in) those who fit the criteria and tell them the violence must stop;
  • Offer encouragement to change and direction to resources as needed;
  • Stand with law enforcement to prosecute and remove from our city those who continue to offend.

Jim Summey, our Executive Director, told the initial group of 12, “We care about you, but it’s gotta stop.”  Bobby Davis, a founding member of HPCAV, reminded them, “There are no excuses.  You are responsible for your actions.”

Domestic violence is violence.  And it has to stop.

 

 

Domestic Violence Initiative About to Begin

After several years of careful research and planning, the effort to reduce domestic violence by focusing on perpetrators is about to begin.  Our first notification (also known as a call-in) will take place in February.  We are excited about the possibilities!

USA Today and News 2

The High Point Strategy was featured in a recent USA Today article about crime reduction efforts in Providence, Rhode Island.   News 2 picked up on it locally and did a nice story on our work, giving this more time than usually allotted on local news!

Thanks to Charles and Manila Dean and Deputy Chief Marty Sumner for their contributions to this story.

Put our shirt on.

We don’t want you to give us the shirt off your back – we want you to put one of our shirts ON your back!

Your purchase of one of our fundraising t-shirts – for just $10 – makes it possible for HPCAV to continue working to ensure High Point is a safe place for everyone.

We have adult sizes from small (Sm) to double extra large (2XL).  For details and purchase, call our office at 336-886-5723.

Thank you for your support!

An 8 Minute Introduction

Take a short 8 minute break to listen to Dr. David Kennedy talk about the creation of this strategy on The Takeaway.

David M. Kennedy is the man to whom we in High Point go as we explore better ways for law enforcement (all police, Probation, local and federal) and the community to work together to reduce violent crime.

Success in the Making

A recent Guilford Record article featured Eric Newman who was part of a group of individuals called in this past June.  He has been focused on turning his life around and is succeeding.

Eric has been very appreciative of the help HPCAV has given him.  Before he received a computer from school, he came in to use our computers.  Now he comes in to use our WiFi.  He brings his lunch and uses the microwave or refrigerator at our office.  He brings his own coffee and makes 1/2 pot everyday, always offering a cup to Jim and Patricia.

His next goal?  To move out of the shelter.    Eric shows every sign of being a success in the making – thanks to the help he has received from HP CAV and our supporters.

We Mean What We Say

One of the things HPCAV does is show up in court when individuals who have been notified are charged with new crimes.  If we have made the offer of help and done our part, and the individual chooses to continue committing criminal acts, then we follow through on our promise:  to stand with law enforcement and do everything we can to see that individual is no longer a part of our community.  It happened again today, September 16.

A notified offender, who has been charged in more crimes, was in court today for a bond hearing.  Several HPCAV members went to share what services had been offered as well as their concerns about this individual and his behavior.  The result?  His bond amount was increased, which should ensure he will remain in jail pending his trial.

This matters!  We do what we promise during notifications.  And his being in jail means one less person creating havoc and harming people in our city.