The Mayor's Office to Prevent Gun Violence

Working closely with communities, city agencies and law enforcement to implement evidence-driven strategies will reduce gun violence in the few neighborhoods that experience shooting spikes.

  • New York City has created the "Gun Violence Crisis Management System," a citywide initiative to reduce gun violence in the 17 precincts accounting for 51 percent of shootings citywide.
  • The de Blasio Administration and the New York City Council have invested $19.9 million in comprehensive strategies to reduce gun violence in these neighborhoods.

THE MODEL

Reducing violence requires an array of coordinated strategies. This initiative works closely with communities, city agencies, and law enforcement to target hot spots and support those communities with resources that have been shown to reduce violence. Strategies include:

  • Cure Violence providers in 17 precincts. Cure Violence, an evidence-based public health approach, identifies and engages individuals most likely to be involved in gun violence – especially when at risk of engaging in retaliatory shootings – and deploys interventions aimed at curbing that behavior before it occurs. The award-winning project intervenes before escalation turns to gun violence by employing “violence interrupters” – typically former gang members who have turned their lives around – to quell street disputes and link potential shooters to case management and supportive services.
  • Expanded “wrap around,” community-based preventive services. In each of the 17 precincts targeted in this initiative, we have established extensive networks that provide job training, employment opportunities, arts, mental health and legal services to increase the likelihood of long-term violence reduction.
  • School-based mediation programs. Established school-based conflict mediation and anti-violence programs, including the SAGA program, an intensive Algebra tutoring program that random-control trials have demonstrated reductions in arrest rates for violent crime, along with two to three grade levels of improvement in academic performance.
  • A centralized oversight and evaluation body. Chaired by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, this oversight committee includes City agencies and providers to ensure coordination of programming and services and continued support of research to ensure program effectiveness and accountability.

TARGETED NEIGHBORHOODS

This citywide initiative has targeted programming in the following precincts:

East Harlem, Manhattan (23rd Precinct); North Harlem, Manhattan (32nd Precinct); South Bronx (40th Precinct); Morrisania (42nd Precinct); East Concourse-Concourse Village, Bronx (44th Precinct); University Heights-Morris Heights, Bronx (46th Precinct); Eastchester-Edenwald-Baychester, Bronx (47th Precinct); Seagate-Coney Island, Brooklyn (60th Precinct); East Flatbush-Farragut, Brooklyn (67th Precinct); Brownsville, Brooklyn (73rd Precinct); East New York-Pennsylvania Ave, Brooklyn (75th Precinct); Crown Heights, Brooklyn (77th Precinct); Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (79th Precinct); Far Rockaway, Queens (101st Precinct); South Jamaica, Queens (113th Precinct); Queensbridge-Ravenswood-LIC, Queens (114th Precinct); and North Shore, Staten Island (120th Precinct).