NLC Resources Can Help Cities Fight Crime and Violence
Baker, Denise, Nation's Cities Weekly
The National League of Cities has a variety of resources aimed at helping communities cope with crime and violence, particularly as they affect our youth. As NLC, cities themselves and other like-minded groups focus on the campaign to "Stop Kids Killing Kids," Nation's Cities Weekly outlines some ways NLC is helping cities and towns in the fight to rid our streets of violence and offer a better future to our young people.
NLC has put together a kit with information on anti- violence and cime initiatives that target youth. The Local Organizing Handbook titled "Let's Stop Kids Killing Kids" is one example of information provided in the kit. Additional resources in the kit include a booklet called "Children and Families in Cities - Services & Resources for Local Government Officials;" a working paper titled "Ten Considerations on Violence;" and a data summary from the city of Paramount, Calif. called "Gang-Up on Gangs."
Two very critical NLC resources giving assistance and support to local governments are the NLC Children and Families project and the NLC Advisory Council.
The Children and Families project works closely with children and family experts like Children's Safety Network, which has published a booklet titled "Violence and Public Policy: Action at the Local and State Level."
NLC First Vice President Carolyn Long Banks, Atlanta councilwoman at-large selected public safety as the 1994 Advisory Council topic. Throughout this year local elected officials will study the crisis of crime and violence and plan strategies to create programs and services that meet the critical need for safer streets and communities. The 1994 Advisory Council Chair is Margaret Carpenter, mayor of Thornton, Colo.
Another important component is NLC's newest task force. …