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Place
Network
Investigations

A holistic governance public safety model to reduce chronic gun-related violence.

WHAT'S NEW

 

INITIATIVE
OVERVIEW

PNI is a citywide strategy to substantially reduce violence. The strategy is grounded in evidence that persistent crime patterns and violent hot spots are visible indicators of underlying crime-place networks. Offender groups use crime-place networks that provide the infrastructure necessary to operate illicit markets and promote violent interactions. Skilled PNI investigators, working in chronically violent micro-locations, identify crime-place networks and build cases against individuals who own and operate network locations. Eradicating deeply entrenched crime-place networks produces the sustained crime reductions needed to support community redevelopment and long-term economic growth.

This summary provides an overview of the PNI strategy, defines crime place networks, and provides guidance for uncovering places within these networks. This summary further discusses how PNI expands on traditional police responses to promote sustainable crime reduction guided by crime science research with the intention of strengthening communities and reducing reliance on police resources.

PRINCIPLES IN ACTION

How the PNI strategy reduces gun violence.

1

Focused Approach

Analysis identifies places with disproportionate numbers of community requests for emergency assistance related to gun violence

2

Community Vision & Voice

Surveys, interviews, and focus groups with community members guide PNI implementation

3

Inclusive Partnerships

The PNI Board engages community stakeholders, city departments, and police in strategic problem-solving

4

Accountability

City leaders champion the PNI strategy, ensuring active participation and holding Board members accountable for implementation of effective, ethical, and equitable crime interventions

5

Holistic Governance

Cities identify and prioritize government, non-profit, and private-sector resources to prevent and eliminate harmful place dynamics

6

Sustainable Violence Reductions

Evidence-based and locally tailored place interventions produce long-term reductions in gun violence and lessen the need for reactive, short-term, and costly traditional justice responses

7

Neighborhood Stabilization

Focused problem-solving improves community health and resiliency in historically disenfranchised and vulnerable neighborhoods

8

Police as Community Ambassadors

Police-community partnerships help investigators identify crime place networks and leverage PNI Board resources to improve safety

IMPACT

PNI, previously called PIVOT, was piloted first in Cincinnati. This video highlights the impact of the PNI initiative in Westwood, a neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.