July 22 // Expand the Safe Streets program

Baltimore could learn from the progress police in Los Angeles have made recently toward reducing gang violence. The city's police chief, Charlie Beck, has teamed up with neighborhood activists who include several former gang members to encourage rival gangs to settle their differences peacefully. His approach, based on research data from academic experts, suggests that building trust between police and community residents and enlisting their help in resolving gang disputes can lead to drastic reductions in gun violence. (Balt. Sun)

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