Project Information

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Joyce Foundation have created a partnership to more effectively address the deadly problem of gun violence. Gun violence kills roughly 30,000 people each year, second only to automobile crashes in causes of injury- related death, and the incidence of gun related deaths appears to be on the rise. While overall crime is at its lowest level in more than three decades, Americans fell victim to gun violence at a higher rate last year than in 2004.


Both IACP and the Joyce Foundation are deeply concerned about the far- reaching economic and social effects of gun violence. They recognize the need to develop a sound body of data and research to increase understanding of firearms violence and to encourage the study of best practices among law enforcement officials and policymakers. They are committed to aiding in the development and promotion of educated policy reform regarding firearms violence at the local, state and national levels. Collaboration between the IACP and the Joyce Foundation seeks to address all aspects of gun violence and to invigorate and strengthen the efforts of law enforcement officials, criminal justice agencies, the medical and health communities, advocacy groups, and policy makers in combating firearms violence.


Six Topics Addressed

IACP and the Joyce Foundation have identified six areas of concern pertaining to the issue of gun violence. These topics were examined at the summit and will remain an important aspect of any additional partnership projects.

Illegal Firearm Trafficking
Gang / Youth Violence
Illicit Drug Markets and Guns
Domestic Violence
Officer Safety





About the Joyce Foundation

Based in Chicago with assets of $900 million, the Joyce Foundation supports efforts to strengthen public policies in ways that improve quality of life in the Great Lakes region. Since 1993, the Foundation has made more than $30 million in grants to groups seeking public health solutions that offer promise of reducing gun deaths and injuries in America. Other program areas are Education, Employment, Environment, Money and Politics and Culture.


p>Gun Violence Programs Contact:
Senior Program Officer, Nina Vinik


Joyce Foundation
70 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602





Project Resources


Joining Forces Newsletter: Asking Saves Kids

Joining Forces Newsletter: Study on the Community Policing Services (COPS) Program

Joining Forces Newsletter: The Battle Against Firearms Violence





Other Resources

The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS):

The ultimate goal of NVDRS is to provide communities with a clearer understanding of violent deaths so they can be prevented. NVDRS accomplishes this goal by:

  • informing decision makers and program planners about the magnitude, trends, and characteristics of violent deaths so appropriate prevention efforts can be put into place; and
  • evaluating state-based prevention programs and strategies.


NVDRS has four main objectives:

  • to link records on violent deaths that occurred in the same incident to help identify risk factors for multiple homicides or homicides-suicides;
  • to provide timely preliminary information on violent deaths (e.g., basic counts of murders and suicides) through faster data retrieval-currently, vital statistics data are not available until two years after a death;
  • to describe in detail the circumstances that may have contributed to a violent death; and
  • to better characterize perpetrators, including their relationships to victim(s).


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF):


The Firearm and Injury Center at Penn (FICAP):



The mission of FICAP is to create safer communities through the systematic reduction of injury and its repercussions to the individual, family, and society. FICAP seeks to achieve its mission by stimulating firearm and injury research, supporting efforts to translate research findings into practice, and broadly disseminating information to policymakers.



The Firearm & Injury Center at Penn, founded in 1997, was established in the Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. FICAP is a unique collaboration among health care professionals, researchers and communities to address the magnitude and impact of firearm injury and violence.


Current Projects:

  • Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center
  • Pennsylvania Injury Reporting and Intervention System
  • Philadelphia Gun and Alcohol Study
  • Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN)
  • University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Seminar Series


Mayors Against Illegal Guns


Crime Gun Interdiction Strategies for the 21st Century


Executive Summary:

Firearm violence has become an epidemic problem for urban America, especially among its youth. More U.S. teenagers die from gunshot wounds than all natural causes of disease combined, in particular within metropolitan areas. The Centers for Disease Control studied firearms-related deaths for children under the age of 15 in 26 countries and found that 86% of those types of deaths occurred in the United States. Studies of assault and homicide incidents indicate that attacks with firearms lead to the death of the victim far more frequently than attacks using other types of weapons typically available to assailants. Just as incredible is the burden to our citizenry of the cost of medical treatment for gunshot victims, which is estimated to be $112 billion yearly.

IACP NetSM, the portal to law enforcement on the Internet, is your one-stop shop for up-to-date information on policies, ordinances, programs, and innovations. Since 1991, IACP Net has been facilitating the exchange of solutions and fostering cooperation between leading departments and agencies. Increasing their effectiveness and efficiency, members benefit personally, as do their departments and their communities.


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Project SafeShield


  • Track how officers are getting hurt and identify those that cause the greatest number of injuries or deaths.
  • Address each area of vulnerability by determining where existing solutions can be adapted for officer safety and where other solutions are lacking.
  • Work to develop specifications for equipment solutions and identify training and policy remedies as applicable.
  • Provide best practices, updates, recommendations, product warnings and guidelines for keeping officers safe.
  • Support a culture of zero tolerance for injuries


Vests Save Lives





Firearms Committee

The Firearms Committee’s mission is to study, consider, and determine the various methods and means by which crimes involving firearms are committed, including the make and type of firearm most often employed; survey, investigate, and evaluate the techniques and methods employed by police agencies in solving and reducing the incidence of these crimes, report to the Association for dissemination to all police agencies all pertinent information and recommendations that will assist them in combating these major crimes; and advise the Association on matters pertaining to the use, availability, and ownership of firearms.


For more information on the IACP Firearms Committee, contact IACP Staff Liaison, Courtney E. Mariette at





Firearms Model Policies

To obtain a copy of the IACP’s firearms model policy, visit the National Law Enforcement Policy Center.


Topics of Interest:

  • Body Armor
  • Post-Shooting Incident Procedures
  • Firearms





Contact Information
The International Association of Chiefs of Police: IACP Homepage