THE BOSTON STRATEGY TO PREVENT YOUTH VIOLENCE -
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
Mayor Menino and Commissioner Evans launched the SPIGS program to back up our rhetoric on community partnerships with an infusion of real resources to our non-profit partners in crime prevention. The program has used nearly $2 million in Local Law Enforcement Block Grant funding (over two years) and given it to nearly 40 non-profit human service and civic groups to do the work outlined in the Cityís "Strategic Plan for Neighborhood Policing." This program had an open, competitive process to determine which groups would receive funding, and utilized police officers and captains as integral parts of the program design process. The primary use of this funding is to support meaningful out-of-school programming for troubled and at-risk youth.
2. When was the program created and why?
The SPIGS program was launched in the winter of 1997, six months after the publication of the Strategic Plan for Neighborhood Policing was published. Mayor Menino and Commissioner Evans initiated the program to support community groups working with youth on issues and activities related to crime prevention.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
Juvenile crime is down, community partners (agencies) report improved everyday working relationships with police officers, and at least 35 programs have been developed across the city to address goals related to crime prevention.
4. How is the program financed?
Local Law Enforcement Block Grant: Year I $1.3 million, Year II, and $695,000
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?
Community involvement is integral both through the strategic planning process, which mobilized over 400 community stakeholders, through the judging of the grants process (a committee of civic leaders and criminal justice experts), and through implementation of grants programming (see above).
6. Contact person:
Jim Jordan, Director of Strategic Planning and Resource Development, Boston Police Department, One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120 Telephone - 617/343-5096; Fax - 617/343-5073
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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