BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore City officials this week announced several coordinated initiatives to reduce violence in Baltimore.
City guides said the initiatives will be developed in close coordination with state and federal partners and will be led by a Collective Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS).
GVRS is an evidence-based approach that has been shown to reduce serious violence while expanding opportunities and building better relationships between the community and law enforcement agencies, the city guides said.
The first announced initiative is a call for proposals (RFP).
The RFP aims to develop a robust programmatic response to support underserved, high-risk adults so that they can stay safe and out of prison, with the opportunity to achieve a variety of personal goals, develop prosocial connections, and develop self-sufficiency and confidence build up.
"This call for proposals represents my government's commitment to a comprehensive response to violence," said Mayor Jack Young. “By focusing this RFP on providing full support to people over the age of 25, we are strategically building on our existing investments in Roca and Safe Streets to ensure that anyone at greatest risk of violence has access to the Resources and opportunities not only have to stay safe and alive, but also thrive. "
The next initiative is the Baltimore Community Intelligence Centers (BCICs).
The BCICs provide a mechanism for coordination between agencies that builds on existing collaboration between urban, state and federal partners.
By engaging district attorney staff, the BCICs will provide the physical infrastructure to convene all GVRS law enforcement and community partners, the city guides said.
The final initiative is a technical assistance package tailored to the needs of Baltimore to support all aspects of the planning, implementation and evaluation of the GVR strategy.
The Baltimore technical support team is headed by renowned expert Dr. Anthony Braga from Northeastern University.
City officials said this technical assistance will ensure that GVRS is properly implemented, focused on the people most associated with cycles of violence, and based on principles of procedural justice and transparency.