Our office was awarded a $1,000,000 U.S. Department of Justice: Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Grant in an effort to improve safety and reduce crime in Albuquerque’s International District over the next three years. The investment will facilitate group violence intervention and community-oriented strategy development and implementation.
Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant Number: 2018-BJ-BX-0006
Community Based Strategies
- Attention to local crime problems By developing an ongoing relationship with local leaders, agencies, and residents, community-based prosecutors will be better attuned to the needs of their neighborhoods.
- Cooperation from the community A community that sees the prosecutor’s office as responsive to its needs will be more likely to report crimes and work toward proactive, community-wide solutions. A stronger partnership with local residents ensures witness cooperation.
- Efficient prosecution Stronger cases, fortified by relationships with local police officers and familiarity with witnesses, will be disposed of more effectively and efficiently.
We are concluding our first year of the grant, which has been dedicated to planning and building community capacity. We created a Leadership Council as a sustainable model to achieve crime reduction through a broad cross- sector partnership approach, linked with local revitalization efforts. Its members include local law enforcement, researchers, community leaders, and residents. The Council’s goal is to increase community and resident engagement in shaping and sustaining crime prevention and revitalization strategies targeting violent, serious crime. Currently, the Council meets once every 3 months. Five areas of collaboration have emerged: behavioral health, infrastructure, kids and families, law enforcement, and economic development. Members of the Council attend working group meetings dedicated to each area. The University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy, research partner for the grant, has been working to evaluate evidence-based approaches to community challenges and has created an asset map of the area. Researchers have been gathering baseline data about the community.
In consideration of the current public health situation, open office hours with the community prosecutor at the Phil Chacon Memorial Substation are cancelled through the end of March. If you have any questions or issues to bring to the ADA’s attention, please email email@example.com. Please check back for an updated calendar.