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Ceasefire in Oakland
The City of Oakland officially re-launched the Ceasefire Strategy in October 2012. With new and renewed partnerships and commitments from the Mayor’s Office, Alameda County, the District Attorneys’ Office, Community organizations and state and federal law enforcement officials the City will be implementing this strategy in East Oakland, more than 60% of homicides in Oakland occur east of High Street.
To effectively implement this strategy the City has entered into contract with the California Partnership for Safe Communities to receive technical assistance in implementation.
This re-launch is different than previous efforts because the entire strategy will now be implemented.
Goals of Ceasefire
- Reduce shootings and homicides through respectful direct communication with those at highest risk of violence
- Decrease recidivism and incarceration rates of individuals participating in the intervention
- Strengthen police-community relations
How Ceasefire Works
Photo Above: A multi-agency law enforcement meeting with members of the Oakland Police Dept and local and federal agencies. Information about the most active groups/gangs are shared at these meetings. Graphic Below: How the Ceasefire strategy is managed and how information flows. Source: California Partnership for Safe Communities
Through data analysis of shootings and homicides, groups and individuals are invited to a “call-in” meeting with affected community members and law enforcement. At this meeting they are given the message that we want to help you but we need the shootings and homicides to stop…If you or a member of your group continue to engage in this behavior you and members of your group will receive attention from multiple law enforcement agencies. During the call-in, services are offered to those wishing to receive help, however participation in services offered is not a requirement. The requirement is that the shootings and homicides must cease.
The other important components are street outreach and the night walks that are organized by clergy and community leaders. These walks/marches take place in communities with the highest incidence of shootings and homicides, during or close to the times where data indicates that these events are likely to occur.
By communicating a joint message from law enforcement and the community to specific individuals and groups, participants are provided an opportunity to change the course of their lives. Additionally, law enforcement agencies are able to jointly focus their attention on individuals and groups most at risk of violence. This joint approach helps to reduce recidivism by using data to focus on the individuals and groups actually involved in shootings and homicides, sharing information about consequences and opportunities, and allowing them to make a choice.
This strategy is by no means a “pass.” Rather, it is a joint violence reduction strategy involving law enforcement and the community, with nationally-proven results (see information below).
The management of the project has developed into three working groups: The East Oakland Community Team coordinates community support and outreach to those at highest risk of violence. The East Oakland Enforcement/Ops Team focuses inter-agency enforcement on street groups that continue to shoot and kill in East Oakland. The Ceasefire Management Team guides strategy and coordinates Ceasefire activities across these two groups.
To date, the City of Oakland through the Department of Human Services has received $2.2 million in funding from the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to expand upon the Call-In efforts and other violence prevention initiatives. Oakland was one of four cities in the nation to receive this prestigious grant which will help to fund Oakland’s implementation of Ceasefire.
Oakland Unite is a public safety collaboration of community-based organizations, public agencies and residents using proven and effective means to create reduce crime in Oakland. All Oakland Unite’s programs target Oakland’s highest risk community members and neighborhoods, with a particular focus on interrupting violence now as it is occurring. To learn more about the Youth Services, Crisis Intervention, Reentry Services and Family Violence programs offered by Oakland Unite, please visit www.oaklandunite.org.
Participate in Ceasefire's Night Walks
The City of Oakland and local faith-based organizations are continuing neighborhood Night Walks on Fridays as a way community members can get involved in Operation Ceasefire. These walks are organized by residents and faith leaders in areas where Ceasefire is focused. Volunteers are trained in advance and are accompanied by other volunteers for the duration of the walk. The purpose of the Night Walk is to reach out to communities affected by violence.
Join us for a next Night Walk on:
Novmeber 15, 2013, 6:30 - 9 pm
Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 988 85th Ave.
November 22, 2013, 6:30 - 9 pm
At Thy Word, 8915 International Blvd.
November 29, 2013 -- No Walk Scheduled
December 6, 2013, 6:30 - 9 pm
Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd.
December 13, 2013, 6:30 - 9 pm
First Mt. Sinai, 1970 86th Ave.
December 20, 2013, 6:30 - 9 pm
At Thy Word, 8915 International Blvd.
If you are interested in participating in future Night Walks, please contact Jennifer Argueta (bilingual) at email@example.com or Reverend Damita Davis-Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 639-1440.
To learn more about the Night Walks, click here to watch a video of Ben McBride, co-chair of the the Night Walk organizing group, by Oakland Community Organizations (OCO).
Ceasefire In Action
Results of Ceasefire Efforts in Other Communities
|Study||Main Outcome (“ - “ indicates reduction)|
|Boston Operation Ceasefire||-63% youth homicide|
|Indianapolis IVRP||-34% total homicide|
|Stockton Operation Peacekeeper||-42% gun homicide|
|Lowell PSN||-44% gun assualts|
|Cincinnati CIRV||-35% group member-involved homicide|
|Newark Ceasefire||No significant reduction in gunshot wound incidents|
|LA Operation Ceasefire||Significant short-term reduction in violent gun crime|
|Chicago PSN||-37% homicide, -30% recidivism rate|
|Nashville DMI||-55% drug possession offenses|
|Rockford DMI||-22% non-violent offenses|
|Hawaii HOPE||-26% recidivism rate|
Evaluation results demonstrate the approach is effective across different cities, groups, demographics and economic conditions.
Source: Braga, A., Weisburd, D. The effects of “pulling levers” focused deterrence strategies on crime. Campbell Systematic Reviews 2012.
References and Related Links
- http://188.8.131.52/youve-got-david-kennedy-517166399 (shorter video)
- http://vimeo.com/30551535 (79min video with Chief Charlie Beck)
Reports & Websites:
- National Institute of Justice: http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/prevention/ceasefire.htm
- US Department of Justice Research Report: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/188741.pdf
- US Attorney’s Office: http://www.justice.gov/usao/can/programs/ceasefire.html
- National Publc Radio: http://www.npr.org/2011/11/01/141803766/interrupting-violence-with-the-message-dont-shoot
- Partnership for Safe Communities: http://partnershipforsafecommunities.org/
- Kennedy School of Government: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/programs/criminaljustice/research-publications/gangs,-guns,-urban-violence/operation-ceasefire-boston-gun-project (Additional resources are also available at this site)
Community members and organizations can learn more about the Ceasefire strategy through regular briefings on its development and outcomes.
For more information, including questions, requests for presentations and attendance at an upcoming briefing, contact Reygan E. Harmon at email@example.com or Lt. Leronne Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.