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.

 

 

Domestic Violence Initiative in the Mayors Challenge

Our High Point Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative is a top twenty finalist for the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge.  The top prize is $5 million, with four other $1 million prizes awarded.  Our final application has been submitted and we should hear something in April.  Keep your fingers crossed.  This would be an incredible opportunity to share this innovative work around the country.

In the meantime the owner of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, is launching a Fan Favorite contest.  Check out our video and vote for the High Point initiative, share it with family, friends, and everyone you know!

The voting began February 21The URL is www.huffingtonpost.com/mayors-challenge.

Voting  runs for two weeks – from February 20 through March 6 – and the Fan Favorite winner will be announced at approximately the same time as the five Mayors Challenge winners.  Note: you can only vote once and you do not need to register to vote.

The winning city will receive a $50K Services grant from IBM to support implementation as well as featured coverage and promotion from The Huffington Post, including a monthly front page column for its mayor for a year and an interview with Arianna Huffington on Huff Post Live (HuffPo’s video news platform).

This is our chance to showcase how innovative High Point is and get national recognition.  Let them hear us!   Vote and tell everyone you know to do the same!

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.

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.

Does the Strategy Work?

You decide!

Here are some of the latest data, from June, 2011, provided by the High Point Police Department:

  • High Point’s violent crime index has decreased 47% since 1997.
  • Violent crime in 2010 decreased for the third year in a row, marking the first time violent crime has decreased three years in a row in over twenty years.
  • The total number of violent crimes in 2010 was 595 (we used to average over 1200); that is the fewest number of violent crimes in modern history.  It has not been that low in the last 20 years of record keeping.
  • A Michigan State University report published in February 2010 compared index offenses in High Point (16.4 per 10,000) with the average U.S. index offense rates (256.2 per 10,000), as well comparably sized areas (339.8 per 10,000) and found that the overall city experiences much lower rates of violent and property crime.
  • Total social cost of crime savings in High Point every year is estimated at more than $40,000,000 per year.
  • In addition, a report on notified offenders in the last three years (2008-2010) shows of the 156 offenders notified, only 15 committed a prohibited offense (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, any weapons offense and drug trafficking) after being called-in.  That is a 9.6% recidivism rate.  The national average for recidivism rate for an offender released from prison is 67% (this percentage reoffend in the first 3 years).

 

National Night Out is August 2

National Night Out (NNO) is an event, now in its 28th year, that helps improve community and law enforcement relations.  Held in communities throughout our nation, NNO is usually a community or street event where local people meet in the street or at a specified meeting place/agency to celebrate community, safety, peace, and non-violence.    Currently, there are 23 neighborhood events scheduled for High Point!  We invite you to hold an event for your community if you are not already involved.  Want more information?  contact Community Relations Officer, Robert Burchette, of the High Point Police Department for more information.  Some of HPCAV members will be floating to a few of these events across High Point.  We hope to see you involved!