Preventing Gang Violence in San Diego
San Diego Union Tribune -- Ami Carpenter is a faculty member at the University of San Diego’s School of Peace Studies. Anthony Ceja is a program coordinator at the San Diego County Office of Education’s Student Support Services Department.
Half of the world’s population – 3 billion people – lives in urban areas, and we are witnessing a transformation in how cities organize to prevent community and gang violence. Police departments have acknowledged that “we can’t arrest our way” to peaceful communities. And in fact the most dramatic declines in violence are found in cities like Minneapolis, Chicago – and, yes, San Diego – that have launched neighborhood-level strategies to prevent violence, supported by state and federal funding. Today, the San Diego Summit on Gang Prevention and Intervention celebrates the urban resilience of San Diego. The summit will bring together 350 of our city and county policymakers, community and school-based leaders and organizations, law enforcement and community members. We will share information about strategies to prevent the growth of gang activity and violence in San Diego County neighborhoods and expand our efforts regionally through strategic planning sessions led by North County, city of San Diego communities (Mira Mesa, Linda Vista, Southeast, Mid-City) and East County. (Full Story)