The Greensboro Police Department (GPD) has launched a collaborative city-wide effort to address the underlying issues that contribute to violent crime.
The effort is called “Safer City” and its goal is to involve community stakeholders to help reduce violent crime by addressing conditions that contribute to crime.
At a recent Safer City Summit, Chief Wayne Scott provided this briefing that framed violent crime in Greensboro. Summit participants joined one of five working groups and began developing two to four actionable items that could reduce violence in our city.
Chief Wayne Scott:
“Police cannot prevent violent crime on our own. Many of the issues that contribute to violence are not law enforcement issues. They are societal issues that require attention by people and organizations with the expertise to address them.
We are fortunate that Greensboro has so many talented, passionate people who are committed to making this city safer. By working together, and leveraging the skills and power of these groups, we can reduce violence.”
The working groups are:
- Public safety
These groups will work throughout the year and provide periodic updates on their progress. "This is not a ‘one and done’,”
Mayor Nancy Vaughan said at the summit.
“The issues contributing to violent crime are complex and will require time to address,”
Officials estimate that the working groups will need about 18-24 months to implement their actions and affect change.
GPD and City officials will help guide the working groups as they develop their action items. The groups’ progress and additional information related to the Safer City initiative will be highlighted throughout the year. The Rev. Odell Cleveland from Mount Zion Baptist Church will host periodic shows, webcasts, and podcasts to keep people informed on issues related to violence reduction.
Want to be part of the Safer City project?
E-mail the GPD Office of Community Engagement to join in this effort to reduce violent crime and let us know which working group you would like to join.
Learn more about the summit.