Safety is fundamental to building socially connected and economically strong communities. For years, there has been growing recognition that we can’t look to police alone to solve crime problems. But the road to broader, more collaborative solutions is rife with challenges, as the events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo. and elsewhere clearly showed us. Yet in small and large cities around the country, community development organizations and law enforcement agencies are building partnerships that yield sustained drops in crime, increased trust between residents and police and new investment in neighborhoods otherwise left behind. How can we support this progress?
You are cordially invited to participate in The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities’ Learning Network call for funders. Join TFN for this interview-style discussion about how economic development is linked to safety, what sustainable responses to crime look like in practice, and ways that TFN members can encourage strong public safety alliances in communities they support. Our moderator, Julia Ryan, Community Safety Initiative Director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will also discuss ways that federal programs of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative can be leveraged to promote crime reduction.
We will hear from:
- Spike Jones, Chief of Police, Covington (KY) Police Department
- Bryan Carter, Assistant Chief of Police, Covington Police Department
- Rachel Hastings, Director of Neighborhood Housing Initiatives, Center for Great Neighborhoods
- Julia Ryan, Director, LISC Community Safety Initiative, moderator
Please register for this call by Monday, October 6, 2014 to be sure that you receive call-in details. The registration form will provide an opportunity to submit questions that you would like the speakers to address, which we will share with speakers in advance of the call. Call information and further background materials will be emailed to call registrants on Monday, October 6, 2014.