High Point Community Against Violence Strategy: Focused Deterrence
Definition: Focused deterrence is a crime prevention program that targets a specified crime problem by applying a concentrated strategy or tactic within a specified high-crime-intensity area. (National Institute of Justice)
The strategy includes:
- Analyzing crime information to target drug dealers, suppliers and criminal activity. Being data driven ensures “fairness,” – we are going after the criminal activity, not any certain person or group for some unsubstantiated cause.
- Understanding the local network through investigations and contact with offenders’ families.
- Targeting enforcement while simultaneously offering assistance to offenders to help them choose to make a change.
- Directly engaging law enforcement and the affected community. The Police Department and the HPCAV members go into communities for meetings to share information and to listen, keeping the affected communities engaged as part of the solution.
- Holding highly coordinated, face to face meetings with offenders (notifications or “call ins”). Offenders are strongly encouraged to begin a new life, free from crime or face the consequences. They are faced with the facts of their situation while also the encouragement of a community who wants better for them. Note: Call-Ins are open to the public, but these are serious events. Participation is limited to people age 16 and older. What is said to individuals, who have been called in, as well as the tone of voice used by our speakers could be upsetting to younger children. Next date: August 20, 6pm. All notification meetings begin promptly at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers, 3rd floor, High Point City Hall, 211 S. Hamilton Street, High Point.
Regular Monthly Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, 8:30 am, High Point Police Department, 1009 Leonard Avenue, High Point, NC 27260 Note: changes to meeting time or location will be posted on their Facebook page (facebook.com/hpcav) The public is welcome to attend and learn more about what is being done to stop violence in High Point.
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