We envision a world where communities of color are not plagued by gun violence

We are making this a reality by helping cities effectively reduce gun violence in the near-term, with proven results.

We’re one of the most experienced teams in the country at making cities fundamentally safer. Our leadership team has over 50 years of combined experience in designing and implementing effective violence reduction strategies.
The cities we’ve worked with have seen these types of results:
Over 50% reduction in homicides and non-fatal shootings citywide.
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The longest sustained reduction in homicides in 50 years.
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Reduction in gang-involved shootings by 43%.
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Here’s how partnering with us will make your city safer:

You’ll see a reduction in serious violence, primarily non-fatal shootings and homicides.

You’ll build a higher level of trust between police and your community, especially between people who need protection the most but trust law enforcement the least.

You’ll achieve better outcomes for young people at the highest risk of violence, primarily young men of color directly impacted by the criminal justice system and gun violence.

By reducing violence and incarceration, you’ll not only improve outcomes for the most vulnerable populations - you’ll also help your city realize its economic potential, making your neighborhoods, communities and entire city safer and stronger for everyone.

About Us

We partner with stakeholders to create systematic changes inside cities. From policing, to community violence intervention, to how mayors and city executives manage their agencies and work with community stakeholders – no community is the same after our partnership.

Who we work with:

  • Community leaders
  • Elected officials
  • People affected by violence
  • Researchers
  • Police
  • Community members

Helping cities sustainably reduce gun violence

We offer solutions to dozens of challenges cities face when it comes to addressing gun violence.
Here are just a few examples:


Cities often do not understand their violence problems, so they pursue policies that don’t work or can make matters worse.


We employ a systematic and in-depth analysis of violence in cities.


Gun violence is too big of a challenge for any one stakeholder to address.


We build partnership-based management practices that enable community and government agencies to mobilize immediate interventions.


Traditional social services don’t reduce near-term risks of harm for those caught in cycles of retaliation.


We develop pathways to safety for people at the greatest risk of violence using “credible messengers.”

What People Are Saying



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Mexico City

Timeline: 2018-2022.   This project, in partnership with Professor Rodrigo Canales of Boston University, Innovations for Poverty Action and the Mexico City government, is focused on ...


Timeline: 2021-Present CPSC is working in partnership with The Crime and Justice Policy Institute (CJP) at The University of Pennsylvania and the National Institute of ...

Salem, OR

Timeline: 2021-Present CPSC is currently working with the Salem Police Department on a three-year trust-building plan.  Together, CPSC and SPD, are mining lessons from and ...

San Francisco

Timeline: 2019-Present  In partnership with Police Chief William Scott and Mayor London Breed, CPSC is working with the San Francisco Police Department, The Mayor’s Office, ...