The recent summit of the Department of Justice’s Violence Reduction Network (VRN) was a huge step towards addressing issues of gun violence facing the U.S. today. However, the Justice Department has called yet another meeting for next month of more than a dozen local law enforcement officials from a variety of cities, including members of the VRN. The purpose of the meeting is to deal with persistent safety threats that have arisen from a variety of different events.
Violent crime is actually in decline according to the Justice Department, however, they have redoubled their efforts both as a means of maintaining the decline and to address public concerns over police violence. Five cities are set to be the subject of a more intense focus at the summit in October. These 5 cities are:
- Compton, California
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- West Memphis, Arkansas
- Newark, New Jersey
- Flint, Michigan
The primary focus in discussing these cities will not be to develop a single overarching action plan. Instead, it will be to use the perspective from a variety of different police forces to create unique plans of action for each city based on its safety concerns. These 5 cities are also receiving additional monitoring, as all have become members of the VRN.
So far, no funds have been committed to the project to supplement the police forces. However, the cities will have unique access to federal experts that have been dealing with gang investigations, drug epidemics, violent criminals, and intelligence gathering for years.