The city of Sacramento is continuing the Safe Community Partnership (SSCP), most commonly called the Sacramento Ceasefire Program. This gun violence reduction program is based upon the Boston Police Department’s successful Ceasefire Program. The program’s goal is to identify the youth and young adults who are “drivers of violence” and to send a message that violence must come to an end. According to the report, these individuals are offered opportunities such as education, social services, counseling, job training and mentoring from service providers.
The goals of the SSCP are to partner with the community to improve the lives of the young people in the city by reducing gun violence and to strengthen the employment prospects for individuals with the highest risk of violence. Finally the program strives to help individuals avoid further involvement with the criminal justice system by putting five tools to work.
- Data Analysis: Identify the “drivers of the violence” and the “who, what, when, and where” of gun-related violence.
- Direct Communication
- Provide a Support Services Pipeline
- Community Outreach
- Coordination of Law Enforcement Efforts
The report states that The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) awarded the Sacramento Police Department $197,000 in federal grant funding. This funding is designated solely for juveniles and will conclude on December 31, 2012. The California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Initiative gave the SPD $765,278 ($382,639 with a dollar for dollar match) in State grant funding for this program. The SPD contributed $70,000 toward street outreach and project coordination.