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Pod & Webcasts

Vacant Property Podcast
Summary: The National Crime Prevention Council interviews LISC's Community Safety Initiative director, Julia Ryan as part of its series of best practices combating crime in urban neighborhoods. In this podcast, LISC's Ryan discusses crime prevention efforts and challenges around foreclosed and vacant properties. She highlights LISC's strategy in Olneyville in Providence, RI that dealt with park renovation, housing efforts, and highly effective partnership with the police department. Click play to listen to the interview. 

National Crime Prevention Council interview: Julia Ryan

Organizing for Safety 
Summary: Organizing residents and business owners to work with police to address persistent crime problems is essential to making neighborhoods safe in the long run. It is also notoriously difficult. Distrust between community members and police and fear of retaliation can be major barriers to collaboration. In some neighborhoods, cultural and linguistic differences between officers and community members—or between different groups within the community—add to the challenge. This webcast featured three community development leaders who have tackled these challenges and achieved remarkable results.

Partnering with Police: Profiles of Gang Prevention & Youth Safety Strategies 
Summary: Issues of youth violence and increased gang activity have become a challenge for many communities across the country. Youth service providers have made strides in understanding warring gangs and connecting youth to effective social services that fill the gap of unmet needs. Although successful, these strategies have had limited impact. This webcast discussion highlights the successful strategies of two community organizations who have led collaborations that effectively address issues of gang and street violence among youth. Experts discuss their role in crafting policies, practices and partnerships with law enforcement, the public school system and additional community non-profits. By the end of this discussion, participants will learn about the planning and design of programming, implementation of strategies, and lessons learned from two organizations that have been recognized and awarded for their successful prevention and intervention work with youth.

Improving Safety in Immigrant Communities
Summary: Reducing and preventing crime in neighborhoods with diverse immigrant populations is a uniquely challenging endeavor. Often the sheer number of languages spoken by residents can hinder broad-based community organizing and positive police-community interaction. In addition, immigrants who fear deportation or recall negative experiences with law enforcement in their countries of origin may be reluctant to report crime or otherwise work with police to improve neighborhood safety. Many police departments assign community liaisons with specific cultural or linguistic expertise, but this strategy alone is bound to have limited impact. What more can police departments do? How can community organizations help? This archived webcast discussion highlights the perspective of a senior police executive on policies, practices and partnerships that can improve policing in immigrant communities. Community developers who have partnered with police on this issue discuss their role in crafting effective collaborative strategies with police and community members.

Spotlight on Safety: Addressing Crime in our Residential Properties 
Summary: Is crime, or just the perception of crime, causing marketing and turnover challenges for your projects? Making life miserable for you and your residents? Learn how to prevent criminal activity and/or respond to it effectively when your tenants either perpetrate, aid or passively allow it. This webcast discusses what crime costs your projects in vacancies, evictions, property damage and security; how to conduct a public safety due diligence analysis; communication standards through lease language and house rules; evicting drug dealers with a skilled attorney; partnering with police and/or corrections to predict, prevent and respond to problems; and security camera investment. 

Building our way out of Crime: Partnering with Police and Prosecutors to Revitalize Communities
Summary: Crime and perceptions that a neighborhood is unsafe can thwart even the most well-planned neighborhood revitalization strategy. This session explores how partnerships with law enforcement can help CDC and community leaders address public safety in the course of their regular development and organizing activities—literally "building their way out of crime."

Designing with Safety in Mind: Creative Use of Space to Prevent Crime
Summary: LISC's Community Safety Initiative (CSI) hosted this first in a series of informative online sessions to help community planners, CDC representatives and property managers with their efforts to improve communities. This session examines the notion among crime analysts that space is one of the most important factors in determining if and how crimes occur.