Murder in America Summit Recommendations

Law Enforcement Initiatives

  • Exercise leadership to develop community-wide murder reduction strategies.

  • Intervene against all forms of violence as early and decisively as possible.

  • Intensify use of community policing and murder-specific problem-solving

  • Intensify use of tactical teams and task forces to regain control of high crime and violent environments.

  • Maximize substance abuse prevention and enforcement programming.

  • Use emerging technology to improve homicide clearance rates.

  • Enhance ability of police to conduct field-based (patrol car) record and warrant checks.

  • Supply responding officers with enhanced domestic dispute and violence history information.

  • Improve witness protection in violent crime cases.

  • Acknowledge and reward successful efforts by officers to reduce gun-related violence and murder.

  • Intensify use of gun buy-back programs.

  • Intensify efforts to improve physical plant security (target-hardening) for community businesses and facilities.

Community and Government Initiatives

  • Create crime advisory committees to assist law enforcement agencies with murder reduction.

  • Involve all segments of the community in violence and murder prevention and control, including the business community.

  • Augment detention capacity by adapting existing available facilities such as closed military bases.

  • Intensify alcohol consumption reduction programs.

  • Provide cash and other incentives to citizens for information on violent crimes and crimes involving use of guns.

  • Provide safe havens for youth after normal school hours.

  • Increase use of risk factor assessments for children by schools and health professionals.

  • Provide additional shelters for abused women and children.

  • Expand use of electronic monitoring of domestic/intimate violence and other offenders who are granted intensive probation.

Legislative Initiatives

  • Increase sanctions for gun-involved crimes, particularly robberies.

  • Allow police to seize weapons during domestic/intimate violence calls.

  • Prohibit gun ownership by stalkers and intimate and domestic violence offenders.

  • Reorient the juvenile justice system to promote swift and sure intervention against career juvenile offenders.

  • Allow police to photograph, fingerprint, and document criminal behavior of career juvenile offenders.

  • Allow interagency and interstate sharing of juvenile information among police and other agencies.

  • Require a 72-hour cooling-off period in domestic violence cases.

  • Expand mandatory hospital and medical personnel reporting of suspected violence caused injury.

  • Require states to enact "responsible beverage service" laws.

  • Raise the minimum drinking age, increase state or central control of alcohol sales, and limit prevalence of liquor stores through stringent store/population ratios.

Education and Training Initiatives

  • Intensify programs to teach citizens how to avoid becoming victims of violent crime.

  • Conduct symposia to promote and increase school administrators' support for anti-violence programs.

  • Train teachers to identify, confront, and control violent and potentially violent students and situations.

  • Conduct school awareness programs to deglorify violence and violent offenders.

  • Train students in elementary, middle, and high schools in dispute resolution techniques.

  • Train police officers to recognize and respond to different types of violence, including domestic and intimate.

  • Provide comprehensive ethnic and cultural awareness training to law enforcement officers.

  • Conduct nationwide public service announcement campaigns emphasizing family values, the dangers of firearms in the home, and targeting various forms of violence.