The Mayor’s Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The program has three key goals: reduce crime, increase mutual trust between law enforcement and community stakeholders, and improve public safety in Mid-westside Jacksonville neighborhoods (Grand Park, New Town, Durkeeville and LaVilla). Additionally, the Mayor’s Community Based Crime Reduction Program is committed to implementing initiatives that address economic and community development, education, housing, and health disparities in these neighborhoods.Tackling crime should be strategic and a community-wide effort.
To date despite the pandemic, we have fed 375 families over 12,000 pounds of donated food worth $15,000 each month at our drive thru grocery distribution. We have hosted a plethora of community enrichment events such as healthy recipe cooking demonstrations that engages 250 residents and attracts 67 volunteers. We have also addressed blight concerns by conducting community cleanups that helped remove 500 pounds of trash. Additionally, law enforcement has performed safety audit tours that identified then repaired road hazards and abandoned homes as well as reduce violent crime threats in the target areas.
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