In January 2020, the City launched Neighborhood Safety Coalitions in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Crown Heights, and the Greater Borough Park area. Overseen by the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes in conjunction with the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit, these coalitions include diverse religious and ethnic leaders representing houses of worship, schools, community organizations, community boards, businesses and others. The coalitions will identify and address neighborhood issues that drive hate-based incidents and crimes, engage local communities to deter acts of hate, and be vocal and unified in responding to such incidents.
Each coalition will gather regularly to strategize about ways to interrupt hate acts before they happen. The coalitions will identify and offer programming within their neighborhoods that foster community and connect directly with local youth in and after school hours.
The coalitions are based on a successful model already used by residents in East Flatbush and Williamsburg/Bushwick, in which community groups, neighborhood leaders, and clergy have worked together with local police precincts to dramatically reduce gun violence in their communities.
For more information about Neighborhood Safety Coalitions, please contact the OPHC team.