Long Beach Hosts Community Leaders for California Cities Violence Prevention Network Workshop

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The City of Long Beach invites civic leaders from throughout Southern California to attend the California Cities Violence Prevention Network (CCVPN) workshop, to collaborate and share ideas for reducing crime and achieving safe and healthy neighborhoods, as part of the City’s Safe Long Beach efforts.

The free event is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave.

“Long Beach is honored to host leaders from across Southern California to join in this important discussion,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Ensuring the safety of our families and neighborhoods and reducing crime is a shared responsibility that requires strong cities working together.”

The presentation will feature innovative approaches to preventing crime, and highlight the value of cities developing partnerships to effectively reduce violence, improve community safety, and enhance quality of life. The event will also include discussion groups for participants to expand on a broad range of topics and ideas for enhancing safety in local communities.

City officials and leaders in law enforcement, education, faith, and community-based organizations are encouraged to attend and learn more about how each governmental and civic sector plays a critical role in enhancing local violence prevention efforts, including strengthening community engagement, improving police-community trust, and increasing funding opportunities.

Participating CCVPN localities include the cities of Salinas, San Jose, and Santa Rosa.

The CCVPN was formed in 2007 to build healthy communities and target violence through leadership and comprehensive action plans that blend prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry strategies. Comprised of 14 California cities, the CCVPN has been labeled a White House Signature Initiative, and has been used as a model for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum).

Adopted by the City Council in May 2014, Safe Long Beach addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime. The plan draws upon the City’s many existing assets to target violence at its root and attain the goal of building a safer Long Beach by 2020.

Long Beach is one of 15 designated members of the DOJ National Forum.

To RSVP to attend the CCVPN event, go to http://bit.ly/1G5baX4.

For more information on Safe Long Beach, visit www.lbvpp.com.

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