NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and federal, state and local law enforcement officials will host a press conference at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office to highlight the success of the City's Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) and Multi-Agency Gang (MAG) Unit in 2013. The press conference is following the City’s fifth “call-in” of individuals involved in group and gang violence.
Members of gangs and groups responsible for the majority of violent crime in the city are invited to Court to hear messages from law enforcement and social service providers. The “call-ins” are integral components of the Group Violence Reduction Strategy, a key initiative of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s NOLA FOR LIFE comprehensive murder reduction strategy. The Group Violence Reduction Strategy, pioneered by criminologist David Kennedy, is designed to target geographic areas of high crime and the groups that commit violent acts.
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD, and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods.
For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.
WHO: Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Federal, state and local law enforcement officials
WHAT: Discussion of Call-in and Group Violence Reduction Strategy, a component of the
NOLA FOR LIFE plan
WHEN: TODAY, December 17, 2013
WHERE: Orleans Parish District Attorney Office
619 South White Street
New Orleans, LA 70119