The Los Angeles Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (Byrne) goals are to reduce crimes that contribute to neighborhood disorder and increase public safety. Byrne also seeks to increase social cohesion through the revitalization of community “anchor points” and ultimately forge social ties through positive community interactions that elicit a sense of mutual trust and shared values.
To fulfill the Byrne goals, YPI’s Community Based Crime Reduction Program will be guided by the theory of “collective efficacy,” that includes community engagement and police intervention to establish a critically important strong base for sustainability over the long-term. If individuals and neighbors improve their willingness to intervene, enhance their trust among each other and with the police and envision their communities as places where they can reside without fear of crime, then overall criminal activity will decrease.
HOLLYWOOD AND PACOIMA – Trained volunteer youth mediators facilitate discussions between peers on school campuses and guide the restorative justice process.
JOSEPH LECONTE MIDDLE SCHOOL – Approximately 20 to 40 community resident volunteers are placed at strategic crosswalks before and after school to assist youth and their families. These volunteers are also trained on how to recognize and report on criminal activity.
HOLLYWOOD – Environmental design and safety improvements are being applied to the park in conjunction with community partners to re-establish the area as a neighborhood anchor point.
HOLLYWOOD – The City Neighborhood Prosecutor will focus on crime and public safety problems that are being identified by YPI and area residents as specifically problematic in the Hollywood area of the Byrne program.
PACOIMA – Pacoima Beautiful and the L.A. Department of Transportation are leading implementation efforts in development and improvements within the area. YPI will provide various programming efforts in support of these vitalization efforts.
PACOIMA – This project, led by the City Attorney’s Office, will focus efforts on environment risk-reduction initiatives for the Promise Neighborhood Schools.