Building community leadership for sustainable crime reduction is focus of webinar

The LISC Community Safety Initiative will present a free webinar on “building community leadership for sustainable crime reduction” on July 28.

Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Ashley Jackson

Registration for the event is available here.

Active community leadership is often the lynchpin for achieving and sustaining safety and revitalization gains. In high crime neighborhoods, engaging community members in developing and implementing projects that reduce crime and improve quality of life is particularly important. Join LISC and leaders from BJA’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program for a conversation on the fundamentals of meaningful community engagement and approaches to involving residents in decision-making about crime reduction strategies and broader efforts to improve neighborhoods.

Practitioners from multiple sectors involved in community building and safety efforts will benefit from the discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the presenters during the webinar. There is no registration fee or cost to participate.

About the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program:

The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance is supporting data-driven, comprehensive responses to crime in some of the country’s most troubled communities through the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI). As the national Training and Technical Assistance Provider for BCJI, LISC is supporting cross-sector partnerships in the 46 cities funded by BCJI to date as they seek to address the drivers of crime in persistent “hot spot” locations that are thwarting progress towards neighborhood revitalization. For more information, visit

Presenters for the event include:

James Brodick, Director, Brooklyn Community Justice Centers

James Brodick is the Director of the Brooklyn Community Justice Centers, including the Brownsville Community Justice Center and the Red Hook Community Justice Center, both projects of the Center for Court Innovation. Since 2012, James has led the team working with the New York State Office for Court Administration, elected officials, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, the New York Police Department, community organizations and residents to build support for anti-violence and community building projects in Brownsville as part of BCJI and other Justice Center initiatives.

Barbara Biondo, Senior Project Coordinator, Seattle Neighborhood Group

Barbara “Barb” Biondo is a Senior Projects Coordinator at Seattle Neighborhood Group, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that partners with community residents, businesses, law enforcement and other organizations to prevent crime and build community. Barb has 15-years experience facilitating collaborative community safety projects in Seattle’s most culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods and expertise in crime-free rental property management practices. She has been a leader in Seattle’s BCJI work since 2012.

Jason Cooper, Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (moderator)

Jason Cooper is a Program Officer at LISC’s Community Safety Initiative (CSI) where he provides technical assistance to community-police partnerships seeking to reduce crime and improve collaboration. He has supported the development of the BCJI model since its inception.

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