BSO working with DOJ to identify solutions to youth crime, violence | Crime
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) has invited the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center to assist with determining the nature and extent that property crimes, drugs, and gang-related crime are driven by youth offenders. The Center will work with the BSO and the community to identify juvenile delinquency intervention strategies and develop a plan to enhance BSO’s capacity to respond to public safety concerns. The Center’s engagement with the BSO is a result of the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2), the Obama Administration’s agenda to build ladders of opportunity for all Americans who are working hard to make it to the middle class.
“We saw the Center’s expertise in evaluating evidence-based case studies and developing solutions and recognized it could be a resource in Macon-Bibb,” says Bibb County Sheriff David Davis.
Working collaboratively, the Center and BSO will collect and analyze data about juvenile delinquency to better develop programs, outreach efforts, and policies to better prevent crime in neighborhoods. The BSO has already begun new forms of youth and community outreach, and the Center will provide additional insight through data and best practices, help build capacity among the community for efforts, and help coordinate programs to better serve the entire county.
“Macon is a dynamic and progressive community. Consolidation has brought about a new synergy amongst community partners which will bring about great things,” says Sheriff Davis. “The work of our SC2 Team and the Office of Justice Programs will only help to strengthen our prevention initiatives to help keep our youth on the right track to success.”
“With the consolidation of our governments and the support of the SC2 team, we have the chance to take a new look at the issues our community faces and find new and innovative solutions to overcome them,” says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert.
There will be a 6-8 month assessment by the Center of current needs and efforts in the areas of public safety, education, juvenile justice, gangs, and drugs that will be compared to effective solutions in other areas of the country. This review will lead to an assessment that can justify future DOJ grant applications and may increase Macon-Bibb County’s competitiveness.