Skip to main content Skip to site navigation

Achieving Positive Outcomes for Safety and Violence Prevention Through Collaboration
Webinar 3 of 3



Keeping our communities safe is a responsibility shared by community members at all levels and sectors. Local collaborations among officials, staff, community groups and constituents play a vital role in the safety and welfare of our communities. Join the Institute for a webinar focused on the importance of collaborations to reduce and prevent violence while increasing safety. This webinar will highlight a successful collaborative statewide effort reducing gang violence and implementing prevention strategies. Panelists will discuss topics related to gang prevention, restorative justice and recidivism.

Panelists will discuss:

  • Their experience in working with different agencies to obtain a shared vision for a safer community and to prevent violence,
  • The benefits of collaboration and partnerships in violence prevention, supporting positive behavior or trauma-informed care, and
  • Best practices and lessons learned in the collaborative process and working with multiple partners or within departments of large agencies.


  • Ernesto Olivares, Councilmember, City of Santa Rosa, Executive Director, California Cities Violence Prevention Network, former law enforcement professional, Santa Rosa Police Department
  • David Koch, Sonoma County Chief Probation Officer, Member Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership
  • Socorro Shiels, Former Superintendent of Santa Rosa City School, Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership, Board of Directors, California Cities Violence Prevention Network
  • Brian Vaughn, Director of the Division of Health Policy, Planning and Evaluation, County of Sonoma

Presentation and Video Recording

Achieving Positive Outcomes for Safety and Violence Prevention Through Collaboration

Case Story

Santa Rosa’s Violence Prevention Efforts Lead to Success

Faced with an alarming increase in crime and violence in the early 2000s, the City of Santa Rosa developed a partnership with multiple agencies and community-based organizations to address the unexpected challenge. The violence peaked in 2002 when a Cinco de Mayo gathering erupted in gunfire and chaos. Fourteen years later, violent crime in Santa Rosa has decreased by over 40 percent due in large part to a unique collaborative effort supported by more than 50 diverse agencies and organizations

Log in