Public Safety

One of the keys to curbing violence and improving public safety in Harrisburg is adopting a proactive approach instead of a reactive one. This can be done by addressing many of the root causes of violence in our communities.

    • We must break the cycle of disinvestment and distrust in low-income, high crime neighborhoods
      • Engage communities historically targeted by over policing and government disinvestment by adopting inclusive strategies 
      • Empower residents of high-crime areas to work directly with city leaders to strengthen public safety by addressing the social, economic, and environmental conditions linked to crime
      • Rely on active participation and buy-in from members of the community, establishing the legitimacy of the city’s efforts to strengthen public safety
      • Institute timely data analysis to hold officers accountable for crime and enforcement outcomes
      • Foster meaningful partnerships between residents, community groups, and the many city agencies with a stake in public safety—not just police
      • Rather than trying to out-police crime—a strategy that can create more harm than good—Harrisburg can improve public safety by channeling resources toward meeting specific community needs. By making significant investments in crime prevention strategies backed by research, including youth mentoring, summer jobs programs, and violence interruption services, we can make a difference
    • Community policing
    • Re-establish foot patrols
    • Take Preventative Measures to prevent crime
      • Taking a proactive approach instead of a reactive approach
      • Focus on root causes instead of symptoms
        • Fund positive youth programs
        • Parenting classes
        • Fair housing initiatives
        • Mental health services
    • Reduce violent crime and gun violence by using a Cure Violence approach.
      • The Cure Violence Model is a data-driven, research-based, community-centric approach to violence prevention. Cure Violence maintains that violence is a learned behavior and that it can be prevented using disease control methods.
        • Detect potentially violent events and interrupt them to prevent violence through trained credible messengers
        • Provide ongoing behavior change and support to the highest-risk individuals through trained credible messengers
        • Change community norms that allow, encourage and exacerbate violence in chronically violent neighborhoods to healthy norms that reject the use of violence
        • Continually analyze data to ensure proper implementation and identify changes in violence patterns and levels
        • Provide training and technical assistance to workers, program managers and implementing agency covering the necessary skills to implement the model correctly (required to achieve the expected decreases in violence)
    • Citizens Police Advisory Board
      • Ensure representation from all neighborhoods
      • Ensure makeup of board reflects makeup of city