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NCJ Number: NCJ 184482     Find in a Library
Title: National Evaluation of the Youth Firearms Violence Initiative, Research in Brief
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Author(s): Terence Dunworth Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 11/2000
Page Count: 16
  Series: NIJ Research in Brief
  Annotation: This report presents the findings of a national evaluation of the Youth Firearms Violence Initiative (YFVI), a program implemented by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to combat the rise of juvenile firearms violence.
Abstract: COPS provided up to $1 million to 10 participating cities to fund interventions that employed community policing approaches to decrease the number of violent firearms crimes committed by young people, including gang-related and drug-related offenses. The YFVI recognized that, between 1985 and 1994, the rate of violent criminal acts committed by young people rose sharply at a time when violence committed by adults was declining. During that time period, while the adult homicide rate fell by 25 percent, the homicide rate for 18- to 24-year-olds doubled and the homicide rate for 15- to 17-year-olds more than tripled. More specifically, juvenile homicides committed with a handgun more than doubled, while juvenile homicides committed with other weapons remained essentially the same. The national evaluation of the YFVI showed a unit dedicated to preventing youth firearms violence may have a greater effect on gun-related crime than a unit focused on traditional tactics and the use of patrol officers on a rotating basis. When employed as part of the YFVI, traditional enforcement tactics did not produce significant changes in firearms violence. 10 notes and 8 exhibits
Main Term(s): Grants or contracts
Index Term(s): Homicide ; Program evaluation ; Weapons Violations/Offenses ; Juvenile/Youth Gangs ; Federal programs ; Drug Related Crime ; Handguns ; Police crime-prevention ; Violent juvenile offenders ; Juvenile crime control ; Juvenile drug abusers ; Firearm-crime relationships ; Community policing ; Violence prevention ; Gang Prevention ; Gang violence ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 95-IJ-CX-0069
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United States of America

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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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