Together with The California Endowment and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the Center for Court Innovation recently launched a podcast series focused on the intersection of law enforcement, violence prevention and public health. The collaborative effort aims to bring together police chiefs, public health experts, and grant-makers to discuss how law enforcement and public health might share resources and strategies to make communities safer.
According to the Center for Court Innovation website, the collaborative project seeks to explore:
Is violence contagious? How does living in a crime-addled neighborhood affect a person’s health? Does improving the health of a community improve community safety? What can public health teach law enforcement and vice versa?
Current podcasts available include:
>> Connections Among People: Tracking and Preventing Violence Though Social Network Analysis (Interview with sociologist and Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society scholar at Harvard University, Andrew Papachristos)
“I think what both I’m trying to do, as well as people in this room are trying to do, is understand what the idea of an epidemic means in public health—so we don’t mobilize the National Guard when we have an outbreak of influenza or an STD—and in fact, taking some of the science that’s used in contagious disease studies and apply them to violence, as in who is most susceptible to getting shot. And to use more precise models, especially around social networks to really understand if crime is a disease, then how does it spread? What is its form? What is the way that it is transmitted?”
>> Solving and Preventing Homicides through Collaboration (Interview with epidemiologist and founding director of Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, Mallory O’Brien)
“One of the things early on was finding the right people within the organizations…because law enforcement and public health don’t seem like…logical partners. And part of it is that law enforcement—they have been skeptical about sharing their detailed information…So, what I found to be one of the keys was finding the right people in the agencies that I needed to deal with and developing a relationship, developing trust so they felt as like they could trust me, that I wasn’t going to harm their agency in any way, that I was there to be a neutral convener to assist all of the agencies in developing strategies.”
>> What Can Law Enforcement Learn from Public Health (Interview with senior vice president for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, Anthony Iton)
“Law enforcement is held accountable for homicides and violent crimes and sort of a reactive kind of mentality. And I think that that’s understandable but a little bit unfair, because law enforcement didn’t create the conditions that lead to the crime. They’re just trying to put out the crime once it starts. So law enforcement would benefit from partnerships with public health, at a minimum, to try to be able to understand the root causes or the drivers of high crime.”
> Read more about this podcast series: http://www.courtinnovation.org/violence-prevention-and-public-health