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CITY OF SOUTH BEND <br />PETE Bu nGtEG, MAYOR <br />Office of the Mayor <br />CONTACT: <br />Kara Kelly, (574) 235 -5853 <br /> <br />FOR RELEASE: Friday, June 14, 2013 <br />ANTI - VIOLENCE COMMISSION TO MEET JUNE 18 <br />South Bend's Anti- Violence Commission will meet for the second time on Tuesday, June 18 <br />from 10 am to noon at the Kroc Center, 900 W. Western Ave. The featured speaker is Chris <br />Mallette of The City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He will <br />speak about the benefits of ongoing communication between city agencies, followed by a <br />question and answer session. The meeting is free and open to the public. <br />The Anti - Violence Commission, co- chaired by Police Chief Ron Teachman and Rev. Eddie <br />Miller, includes 30 community leaders in law enforcement, government, education, civil service, <br />health care, and faith -based agencies. The Commission is a long -term endeavor intended to reach <br />and implement interventions that prevent violence. <br />The approach calls for local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutors to aggressively <br />target people who commit gun crimes. It also draws on social services, education, and religious <br />organizations to offer at -risk youth a path away from violence. <br />"Now that the group has convened and built relationships, it's time to deepen our knowledge of <br />the approaches we will use. The key is to reach those who are likeliest to cause the violence and <br />intervene," says Mayor Pete Buttigieg. "Our focus is intense and the goal remains very specific: <br />Reducing gun violence." <br />The Commission's plan is based on the "Group Violence Reduction" strategy which dramatically <br />reduced gun violence in Boston in the late 1990s and has been implemented in cities such as <br />Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Researcher David M. Kennedy, who developed the model, wrote <br />about his fight against gun crimes in the memoir "Don't Shoot." <br />