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Why Oakland Needs a Department of Violence Prevention

Oakland’s Life Enrichment Committee will consider a proposal by City Council member Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Council President Larry Reid to establish a Department of Violence Prevention. “The mission of the DVP,” they write, “is to work to dramatically reduce violent crime and to serve communities impacted by violence to end cycles of trauma.” (Read the full report, which includes important statistics on the city’s homicide and crime rates, here.)

Make Oakland Better Now! urges the Committee, the City Council, and the community to support this important measure. A brief summary of the reasons for our support, and our suggestions for further action, are set out below. Continue reading