Anti-Violence Pilot Program in Baltimore City Scales Up

The Baltimore Group Violence Reduction Strategy is set to be in place across the entire district by mid-2024.

This week, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the expansion of Baltimore’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) that was piloted in Baltimore’s Western Police District since January 2022. It will expand to the Southwestern district in the first quarter of the 2023 calendar year. Later in 2023, the Central District and Eastern District will follow, before the strategy is ultimately scaled citywide by mid-2024.

The pilot program has been credited with a 34 percent, year-over-year, decrease in both non-fatal shootings and homicides within the test district, ranking that area as the least violent among other historically chronically violent districts in the city.

Mayor Scott from the press release:

Baltimoreans deserve strategies that simultaneously deliver results and break the cycle of violence that continues to plague our communities by treating its root causes while also holding those who perpetrate violent crimes accountable. I am proud of the groundwork MONSE, BPD, and the State’s Attorney’s Office have laid in the Western and look forward to expanding into more of Baltimore.

The full expansion timeline was outlined below in the press release:

  1. Southwestern – Q1 of 2023
  2. Central – Q1/Q2 of 2023
  3. Eastern – Q3 of 2023
  4. Southern – Q3/Q4 of 2023
  5. Northwestern and Southeastern – Q1/Q2 of 2024
  6. Northern and Northeastern – Q2 of 2024

To ensure quality implementation, Mayor Scott’s Administration and technical advisors are measuring minimum capacity benchmarks of four main components: shooting reviews, direct communications, intensive life coaching, and strategic enforcement.

Read the full press release.

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