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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Community Safety"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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Community policing

Scientifically Supported

Implement a policing philosophy based on community partnership, organizational transformation, and problem solving techniques to proactively address public safety issues: also called community-oriented policing

Community Safety

Comprehensive firearm background checks

Some Evidence

Require checks of a broad set of disqualifying criteria (e.g., misdemeanor convictions, domestic violence restraining orders, and juvenile convictions) prior to handgun purchase

Community Safety

Court mandated programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence

Mixed Evidence

Expand court-referred intimate partner violence offenders’ understanding of abuse, teach alternative reactions, and work to change gender role attitudes; also called batterer intervention programs (BIPs)

Community Safety

Cure Violence Health model

Some Evidence

Detect and intervene in potentially violent situations, educate and mobilize communities, and connect high-risk individuals to services; formerly called Chicago CeaseFire

Community Safety

Drug courts

Scientifically Supported

Use specialized courts to offer criminal offenders with drug dependency problems an alternative to adjudication or incarceration

Community Safety  ·  Alcohol and Drug Use

Early childhood home visiting programs

Scientifically Supported

Provide parents with information, support, and training regarding child health, development, and care from prenatal stages through early childhood via trained home visitors

Community Safety  ·  Family and Social Support

Enhanced seat belt enforcement programs

Scientifically Supported

Add publicity and other strategies (e.g., supplemental patrols, increased officers, etc.) to efforts to enforce existing seat belt laws

Community Safety

Family treatment drug courts

Scientifically Supported

Use specialized courts to work with parents involved in the child welfare system who may lose custody of their children due to substance abuse

Community Safety  ·  Alcohol and Drug Use

Firearm licensing laws

Scientifically Supported

Require a potential purchaser to obtain a permit or license before purchasing a firearm

Community Safety

Focused deterrence strategies

Scientifically Supported

Target a particular crime through law enforcement and community agency cooperation and coordination of various deterrents and social services; also called pulling levers policing

Community Safety

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