Compton is one of five new cities that has been selected to join a national program called the Violence Reduction Network that aims to reduce violent crime in the city.
Violence Reduction Network
The Violence Reduction Network utilizes all tools at its disposal from the Justice Department’s to help communities combat violent crime.
“The city of Compton is extremely pleased to partner with the DOJ and the entire VRN team to enhance public safety in a dynamic and strategic way,” Mayor Aja Brown said. “The VRN is definitely a game changer for public safety in Compton that will positively impact the quality of life for our entire community.”
The two-year program will allow sheriff’s officials at the Compton station to work with the Department of Justice and the city to address key areas including gang violence and prevention, human trafficking, homelessness, at-risk youth and trust-building.
As part of the program, an assistant U.S. attorney will work out of the sheriff’s Compton station to help coordinate resources and work with the District Attorney’s Office to coordinate criminal prosecutions in federal and state courts.
“While we have made many great strides over the years in addressing violent crime in the Compton community, we know all too well that challenges remain and we owe it to the men, women and children of Compton to develop new thinking that will enable us to be doing more on their behalf,” said Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell, in a statement. “I am confident that today’s launch will not simply improve public safety in the City of Compton, but also make crime reduction strategies in Compton a model for other cities around the nation.”
Through the VRN, the Justice Department enlists tactical and operational expertise available from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys, the Community Oriented Policing Services Office and the Office on Violence Against Women.