Denise O'Donnell: Hello! I am Denise O'Donnell, Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance US Department of Justice. BJA supports law enforcements, courts, corrections, treatment, technology and prevention initiatives that strengthen the nation's criminal justice system.
As a long time partner of the National Crime Prevention Council, we believe in the power of community law enforcement relationships and have watched programs like the Celebrate Safe Communities Initiative embodied the principles of prevention that help make our community stronger and safer from crime.
Celebrate Safe Communities is brought to you by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the US Department of Justice. It was developed in 2008 in partnership with the National Sheriff's Association to promote crime prevention in local communities across the country.
Celebrate Safe Communities has reached more than a half a million Americans in 40 states across the country. Make it a point to participate in Celebrate Safe Communities with your families and neighbors this year.
The key to strengthening crime prevention in your community is getting involved. Crime prevention requires working together with law enforcement. In partnership with law enforcement, community members can start neighborhood watch programs and work with school resource officers to bring prevention materials and conflict resolution skills to our young people.
You may even wish to volunteer your time and skills with a law enforcement agency in your community. Crime prevention is more than security; it's about getting to know your neighbors, watching out and helping out when you see something suspicious.
Once you know your neighbors, you'll be more likely to look out for one another's safety. Prevention is about tailoring solutions to your local community needs and conditions. The Bureau of Justice Assistance and National Crime Prevention Council can offer you resources to help create a stronger community.
When your community works together to solve problems, you can reduce the risk of crime in your neighborhood, build strong local partnerships and make your community a better place to live.