Evaluation Proposal For The Operation Peacemaker Fellowship Program

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The purpose of this memo is to provide an overview of the Operation Peacemaker Fellowship Program founded by the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) in Richmond, California. The evaluation proposal will describe the program and expand on the needs of such program in this community. It will also discuss the consequences of the proposed evaluation on stakeholders who have a vested interest in seeing this program, or programs like it, succeed. Problem Statement Before the creation of the Office of Neighborhood Safety in 2007, Richmond, California was considered America’s 9th most dangerous city with 47 homicides in 2007, in a population of slightly more than 100,000 (Murphy, 2014). The majority of these homicides involved the use of firearms. Recognizing the need to focus on reducing, specifically, gun-related deaths, ONS was established to “build partnerships and strategies that produce sustained reductions in firearm assaults and related retaliations” (Office of Neighborhood Safety, 2016). In 2010, through a partnership with Richmond law enforcement, it was estimated that “there were 17 people responsible for 70 percent of the firearm activity” in the city (Gonzalez, 2016). With this information, the department set out to address the problem of how to engage with the few people that seemed to be causing the greatest amount of violence in the region, resulting in the creation of the Operation Peacemaker Fellowship. Program Overview: Operation Peacemaker Fellowship DeVone

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