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Implementation of the NEAR Act and Public Safety Equity | DCFPI

April 24, 2019
  • D.C. Policy Center

On April 24, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Brent Cohen’s 2017 article on the implementation of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act was cited by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute:

The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR Act) takes a different approach to public safety, seeking to address the root causes of crime from a public health perspective by focusing on prevention, diversion, and treatment.[26] Key components of the NEAR Act include placing “violence interrupters”[27] in communities to build relationships and engage individuals at risk of being involved in violent crime;[28] similarly trained professionals at hospitals to engage community members after a traumatic event; mentorship and job training programs; and data collection on stop and frisk and use of force from DC’s police department, MPD.

Read more: Budgeting for Equity: How to Advance Opportunity for People of Color in DC | DCFPI

Related: Implementing the NEAR Act to reduce violence in D.C. | D.C. Policy Center


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