Community Crime Prevention Initiative
The Community Crime Prevention Initiative (CCPI) is a Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency sponsored community-wide strategy for crime reduction and blight removal. Funded by Community Development Block Grant funds, these crime prevention programs operate within the community and involve residents actively working together with local government agencies to address issues contributing to crime, delinquency and disorder.
These programs are operated not only by neighborhood residents, but also by faith-based organizations, and police officers. Community members are encouraged to play key roles in problem identification and planning solutions to resolve those problems which may be unique to their community.
The Community Crime Prevention Initiative also works with the Buffalo Public Schools, the Division of Citizen Services, other city staff and officials, civic leaders, and business representatives in fulfilling its mission, goals and objectives. The Crime Prevention awareness Strategic Plan includes:
- Law Enforcement - to reduce street violence
- Community policing - to improve neighborhood quality of life
- Prevention/Intervention and Treatment - to promote an environment that fosters collaborative program efforts to reduce crime
- Neighborhood Restoration - to redevelop housing stock and increase housing options.
Summer Youth Initiative
In addition, Program Coordinator Antwan Diggs also manages the Summer Youth Initiative under the CCPI umbrella. Yearly, between 50 and 70 youth participate in job training and workforce development during the summer months. Last year, 71 youth participants had the opportunity to work 6 weeks with the Love Your Block Initiative. 26 of those youth had a chance to work an additional 40 hours as the program was extended. Some of the accomplishments included:
• 71 Youth Participants
• 8,236 hours of service/29 Days/6 Weeks
• 280 Bags of debris removed from the community
• 18 Community Blocks Restored
• 5 Community Organization Partnerships
• 6 Community Playgrounds/Parks Restored
• (17) 311 Call and Resolution Request submitted
• 3 Block Club Collaborations
• 2 National Service Days / United Way Day of Caring and National Night Out
• 4 Faith-based Partnerships developed
• 232 Hours of Job Training and Workforce Development provided
• $74,124 Leveraged and Returned to the Community - potential youth wages
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
Lastly, the community benefits from free Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design training. Individuals who hail from the many different Block Clubs and represent a mix of community organizations have access and attend a free, 40-hour training where, together, they learn unique concepts and strategies for improving their communities through the CPTED framework.