Anti-violence effort, a hit in Boston,
now making its mark in other cities

Beefed-up enforcement efforts targeting gangs and gun-related violent crime are contributing to a stunning drop in Minneapolisís once-surging homicide rate, and officials there are crediting the cityís adaptation last spring of a pioneering anti-violence program in Boston, where homicides of young people have dropped to nearly zero over the past two years.

The number of homicides recorded by Minneapolis police between June and the end of August dropped to eight, compared to 40 for the same period in 1996  a 80-percent decline, said Insp. Sharon Lubinksi, commander of the Police Departmentís downtown precinct, who was selected last May by Police Chief Robert Olson to coordinate the unparalleled, multijurisdictional effort.

Minneapolis officials studied the Boston Gun Project closely, adapting it to stem a rising tide of homicide that had reached a record 97 killings in 1995, many of them gang-related, before falling to 86 last year.

The project involves joint patrols by police and probation officers to check up on probationers and parolees, tracing illegal guns, and issuing explicit warnings to gang members that retaliatory violence will be met with swift responses from local, state and Federal agencies participating in the effort. [LEN, Jan. 15, 1997; June 30, 1997.]


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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Oct 10, 1997. 
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