Newark Funders Affinity Group: Public Safety in Newark: Turning the Tide
Upon taking office in 2014, Newark’s Mayor, Ras J. Baraka, embraced a collaborative and holistic public safety strategy with the understanding that violence in communities is a public health issue. He reorganized the police department and created a Department of Public Safety, worked with Rutgers University – Newark and other public safety stakeholders to form the Safer Newark Council, an independent data and coordination effort, introduced community –based, social service solutions and police-community relations initiatives, embraced and began to implement the recommendations of a federal Consent Decree, and created a Civilian Complaint Review Board.
These holistic efforts have started to bear fruit. In 2016 the City of Newark saw an overall 13% reduction in crime, a 10% reduction in homicides, and the biggest drop in the number of reported crimes in nine tracked categories in fifty years. This is not because of one intervention or program, but rather a collaborative approach. Join us to hear from the many public safety leaders in Newark who are collectively working to make Newark a safe place to live work and play.
Dean Rod Brunson, Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice
Genna Jones, Safer Newark Council
Leigh Grossman, Safer Newark Council
Ryan Haygood, President and CEO, New Jersey Institute of Social Justice
Captain Adolph Perez, Newark Police Department
Aqeela Sherrills, Director, Newark Community Street Team
Cost: Free for CNJG Members/$35 for Non Member Grantmakers
Breakfast will be provided.
This program is open to grantmakers only.