Gun Violence Has Sharply Declined in California’s Bay Area. What Happened?
While the Bay Area’s housing crisis continues and property crime rates rise, the region is also experiencing some good news: The overall gun homicide rate dropped 30% during the past decade. The city of Richmond, California, saw the largest drop in gun homicide rates during that time: 67%. A report in The Guardian notes early evidence that local violence prevention strategies were key in these dramatic drops. DeVone Boggan, who led the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) in Richmond as it developed and implemented the Operation Peacemaker Fellowship, speaks about successful strategies for local violence prevention in the article. NCCD evaluated the ONS’s violence reduction initiatives and cited its contributions to reducing firearm violence in Richmond in this 2015 report. Dr. Angie Wolf, NCCD’s chief program officer, and Boggan were interviewed about the peacekeeper fellowship four years ago on KQED news.