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Public Safety – Best Practices and Resources


Public engagement-related publications, best practices, reports and other resources to help counties and cities address issues relating to local public safety.


Santa Cruz Police Department Launches Consumer-Focused Phone App
Western City, October 2011

The Santa Cruz Police Department has developed a consumer-focused law-enforcement IPhone application that provides access to the Police Department’s scanner feed, online crime maps, videos, photos and a departmental blog. In addition, consumers can submit crime tips from their mobile phone and view alerts. The City of Santa Cruz won the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Safety for this program.


Report Discusses How To Address Gang Problems by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

“Best Practices To Address Community Gang Problems: OJJDP’s Comprehensive Gang Model” provides communities with critical, evidence-based information to inform and direct their gang prevention efforts. This second edition also includes a summary of findings from an evaluation of OJJDP’s Gang Reduction Program in four demonstration sites. 


Gang Prevention and Other Public Safety Resources from the National League of Cities

The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF) helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children and families in their communities. Since 2007, the Institute has co-convened the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, a 13-city initiative to identify effective strategies for preventing gang violence and victimization.

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