David Kennedy of Operation Ceasefire to Speak at Rutgers–Newark on Nov. 7

David Kennedy of Operation Ceasefire to Speak at Rutgers–Newark on Nov. 7

David M. Kennedy, one of the key people behind the success of the Operation Ceasefire policing strategies that have reduced gang and drug-related youth violence in Boston and other crime-plagued American cities, will discuss his work on Monday, November 7, 2011, at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. The program is sponsored by the law school and the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.

 

BACKGROUND: In his new memoir, Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, Kennedy describes how a first job assignment on problem-oriented policing inspired a career dedicated to finding a solution to the gang violence that has devastated inner-city communities across the country. Kennedy is best known for the success, since replicated in other cities, of the Boston Gun Project (also known as Operation Ceasefire). Kennedy and colleagues brought together gang members, police officers, and community members for conversations that revealed their shared goal of saving young lives – a realization that led to efforts which resulted in a 50 percent decrease in youth homicide rates in the city.

 

Media Contact: Janet Donohue
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