Focused Deterrence Works

Preliminary 2014 year end statistics from the High Point Police Department show, once again, that the Focused Deterrence model successfully reduces crime.

Since we started using this model in 1997, High Point’s violent crime is down 67% even though our population has increased by 44%.

Yes, we still have violent crimes take place here.  But we continue to work towards less crime and making High Point a safer place for everyone.  We’re getting there!

 

Domestic Violence Initiative Showing Results

One thousand fewer calls.  Since fully implementing the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative just two years ago, High Point Police Department reports receiving 1000 fewer calls asking for a response to domestic violence incidents.  This is good news for High Point families and for our community as a whole.

Cities across our nation continue to consult with High Point and to implement this Initiative in their jurisdictions.  Roanoke, Virginia; Chula Vista, California; and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana to name a few.

Domestic Violence Initiative Covered in Independent Weekly

Our Domestic Violence Initiative is the focus of a great article by John Tucker, Staff Writer with the Independent Weekly.  It was written as a two part series, but you can read it in its entirety on line.

Tucker chose to take a national approach to the story and did his research with professionals as well a victim and her family.  It’s a well rounded look at domestic violence and what High Point is doing to make a difference.

 

 

2012 Crime Stats

High Point’s “Part 1” crime was down 12% for 2012. Part 1 includes: murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.  As we continue to work with local, state and national law enforcement agencies, our community partners and the people of High Point, we will continue to whittle away at violence in High Point.  2012 was a good year!

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.

 

 

Let The Race Begin!

Join us for “The Amazing High Point Race.”

Be a sponsor of our first fundraiser!

Be a participant – test your knowledge of local history and your sense of community!  

Simply recruit a four-person team from your office, family, civic club, school, or place of worship -OR- compete as an individual. Your team must accumulate the most points from locations all over High Point and make it to the finish line!

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st place winners in each of three divisions:

– Team of four (members must be at least 18)–$1,000

– Family of four (one adult/three children – OR – two adults/two children–Children must be 17 or younger.)–$500

– Individual (must be 18 or older)–$250

Entry fees for each division are:  Team of four–$100; Family of four–$50; Individual–$25

Fees are non-refundable and tax deductible.

While you and your team race through town on your scavenger hunt for points, everyone else can enjoy the Race Festival at Oak Hollow Mall.  We’ll have great food, arts and crafts, entertainment, inflatables, car shows — something for the entire family.

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., rain or shine

– On-site registration* begins:  9 a.m. in the Oak Hollow Mall parking lot

– Race instructions distributed & race begins:  11 a.m.

– Race ends:  1 p.m. at the Festival site

– Winners announced:  2 p.m. (You must be present to win.)

– Festival ends:  3 p.m.

*To pre-register:  Download the Amazing High Point Race entry form or pick up a form at the High Point CAV office, 792 N. Main St.

Complete a form for each participant. Mail or hand deliver the form with your non-refundable, tax deductible entry fee check made payable to High Point CAV, 792 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27262.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors Coming

HP CAV is hosting people from across the country July 12-14 as part of the National Network of Safe Communities PEER Exchange Program, in cooperation with John Jay College. We will be a training site for three days as representatives from different communities come here to learn how we have been successful in reducing our violent crime.   Our guests will be participating in our Repeat Violent Crime Offender Call-in on July 12.