Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $257,418)
Activities: The Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium (NOVCC) will continue to coordinate federal, state, and local law enforcement, engage community stakeholders, and develop a strategic plan that supports PSN goals by achieving the following objectives: 1) implement activities that build trust and accountability between law enforcement and the community; 2) enhance crime and intelligence analysis through the Regional Crime Analysis Task Force (CATF) and development of hubs built out from eight NOVCC cities; 3) implement targeted, evidence-based demonstration projects in eight northern Ohio cities based on data-driven decisions designed to respond to pressing violent crime issues; and 4) incorporate prevention and intervention activities to stop future violent victimization.
Products & Deliverables: Achievement of the objectives will be realized through the following: 1) management team coordination, oversight, and consultation; 2) wide ranging communication through bi-monthly Executive Committee, monthly CATF, and periodic demonstration project meetings and ongoing emails; 3) training; 4) PSN kick-off organizational session; and 5) data collection and evaluation report.
Service Area: While the NOVCC includes federal, state, and local partners that, collectively, have jurisdiction over the Northern District of Ohio, eight cities will be the focus of the PSN strategy. These cities were originally selected as NOVCC partners due to their population size and crime rates and include Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Mansfield, Toledo, and Youngstown. In addition, in 2021 the NOVCC cities are being encouraged to expand beyond their boundaries to include neighboring communities and additional law enforcement agencies working to establish “hubs” that can be integrated into the NOVCC umbrella.
Who Benefits: The NOVCC will use a range of targeted responses to create safer communities for all residents. Each year, cities identify and share their violent crime problems and projects they have implemented to address these problems in NOVCC bi-monthly meetings where they discuss successes, challenges, and improvements they are considering. The cities benefit from the varied perspectives and expertise of NOVCC members which factors into new strategies to be pursued. To increase the effectiveness of these cities in addressing their violent crime problems, the NOVCC structure led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District (NDOH) of Ohio and established in 2007 promotes: 1) coordination and collaborative among local, state and federal law enforcement; 2) training; 3) use of evidence-based practices; 4) regional crime and intelligence analysis; and 5) evaluation.