Compton joins federal Violence Reduction Network
The two-year Violence Reduction Network program enables LASD's Compton Station, the Justice Department and the City address gang violence and more
Compton now part of Justice Department-sponsored Violence Reduction Network; program steps-up collaboration between sheriff’s department and federal agencies
LOS ANGELES — The City of Compton has been selected to become part of the Violence Reduction Network, a Justice Department program that focuses on providing effective assistance to cities most affected by chronic violence.
The announcement was made Sept. 28 by U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker and Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell. Compton becomes part of the second group of cities in the Violence Reduction Network, which was launched last year to create opportunities for cities to directly engage with the U.S. Department of Justice in developing strategies to combat chronic, violent crime.
The two-year program will enable Sheriff’s Department officials at the Compton Station to work closely with the Justice Department and city officials to address 12 key areas, including gang violence and prevention, human trafficking, mental illness and homelessness, at-risk youth, and trust-building in the community.
“This initiative presents a unique opportunity to work in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office, our federal law enforcement partners, community leaders, and the City of Compton as we work together to develop enhanced strategies for violence reduction,” said Sheriff McDonnell.
“While we have made many great strides over the years in addressing violent crime in the Compton community, we know all too well that challenges remain and we owe it to the men, women and children of Compton to develop new thinking that will enable us to be doing more on their behalf,” he said.
“I am confident that [the] launch will not simply improve public safety in the City of Compton, but also make crime reduction strategies in Compton a model for other cities around the nation,” McDonnell added.
Decker said her office is committed to making strides against crime in Compton.
“For decades, Compton has been deeply affected by violence linked to gangs and other criminal activity. The residents of Compton deserve safe neighborhoods and parks where their children can play,” Decker said.
“We are committed to helping city officials and Sheriff McDonnell make meaningful and long-lasting improvements to the daily lives of Compton residents.” she added.
Compton is one of five cities selected Sept. 28 by the Justice Department to partner in the fight against chronic violence (http://go.usa.gov/3zbtR). As part of the Violence Reduction Network, an assistant U.S. attorney has been designated to work out of the sheriff’s department’s Compton Station to coordinate resources.
The offices of the U.S. Attorney and L.A. County District Attorney will work closely together to coordinate criminal prosecutions in federal and state courts.
Four Justice Department agencies have committed significant resources and will work closely with the Sheriff’s Department. Those agencies are the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Violence Reduction Network will provide the sheriff’s department with technical assistance and access to resources as part of a robust violent crime strategy that will be supported by federal law enforcement agencies.
The Justice Department program seeks to maximize resources to ensure that cities dealing with chronic violence have a strategic way to access resources such as training and exposure to evidence-based best practices across the country.
For the next two years, the sheriff’s department and Compton will benefit in a number of ways. The core components of the Violence Reduction Network include expedited access to subject matter experts who can provide training and insight into critical issues — such as use of force, community trust-building and information sharing with peer-to-peer exchanges — that can provide thorough understanding of what drives violent crime and the solutions that have worked in other cities.
In addition to access to training and evidence-based solutions to community-building and crime reduction, the Violence Reduction Network also enables Compton Station’s gang enforcement, narcotics detectives, and cyber-crimes teams to partner strategically with Justice Department components on intelligence gathering, sharing, warrants service, and major operations.