Don't Shoot en Anti-gang funding to help programs like Don't Shoot <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois ranks number one in the nation per-capita for gang membership with gang members in Peoria outnumber police about two to one. That’s why Illinois Senator Mark Kirk says he worked to get $18.5 million allocated toward suppressing gang activity.&nbsp;</div><p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 23:47:09 +0000 Tanya Koonce 18410 at Anti-gang funding to help programs like Don't Shoot "Don't Shoot" 11/21 Town Hall Meeting (Video) <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:36:04 +0000 Daryl Scott 15736 at Don't Shoot takes aim at new gangs <p></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:59:14 +0000 Tanya Koonce 3799 at Don't Shoot takes aim at new gangs Durbin learns about Peoria’s Don’t Shoot program <p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:37:42 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3393 at Durbin learns about Peoria’s Don’t Shoot program Peoria police pursuing federal grant for Don’t Shoot effort <p></p><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;The Peoria Police Department is applying for a federal grant as part of the community's anti-violence initiative. The Don’t Shoot program is based on the book by David Kennedy and addresses ways law enforcement and the community can reduce violent crime. Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says the Department of Justice grant request is for about $700,000 over three years. He says it would pay for some of Kennedy’s staff at John Jay College to help Peoria officials with the program:</div><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:40:05 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3102 at Peoria police pursuing federal grant for Don’t Shoot effort Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #4 <p>Our series of community roundtable discussions on "Don't Shoot Peoria"&nbsp;concludes this week, as our panel discusses the final chapters of David Kennedy's book.</p><p></p><p>Author David Kennedy is our guest this week, explaining what he has learned from attempts to implement the program in communities across the nation. Finally, our panel offers their closing thoughts on the "Don't Shoot"&nbsp;initiative.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:18:35 +0000 Daryl Scott 1602 at Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #4 Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #3 <p>The roundtable discussion of "Don't Shoot" resumes this week with a panel discussion of how the initiative was implemented in High Point, North Carolina. Did the program work effectively there? To find out, we talk to U.S. Attorney Rob Lang for analysis. We'll also examine the key ingredients of the "Don't Shoot" program with Michigan State University Criminologist Dr. Ed McGarrell. Follow along with the book, and join WCBU for the third "Don't Shoot" roundtable discussion this week.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:08:53 +0000 Daryl Scott 1601 at Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #3 Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #1 <p> "Don't Shoot" is a community-wide effort to reduce gun violence in the Peoria area. The local initiative ties in with the book "Don't Shoot" by criminologist and author David Kennedy. This program is collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement, prosecutors, as well as community members and leaders. This is the first of four roundtable discussions of the "Don't Shoot" project on WCBU, and it examines the history of the anti-violence initiative and how it will apply to the Peoria region.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:17:35 +0000 Daryl Scott 1590 at Don't Shoot Roundtable Discussion #1 Conversation with Don't Shoot Author David Kennedy <p>"Don't Shoot" Author David Kennedy talks with Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce about his strategy to reduce gun violence and the Peoria initiative.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:13:19 +0000 Daryl Scott 1298 at Conversation with Don't Shoot Author David Kennedy Don't Shoot Peoria FAQ <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p><b><span>What is “Don’t Shoot?” </span></b></p><p><span>&nbsp;It’s an aggressive multi-strategy anti-gang and gun violence program designed to decrease shootings and get the most dangerous criminals off the streets. Led by Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, the initiative creates partnerships among federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, outreach specialists, community leaders and media. Never before has Peoria seen such comprehensive collaboration from key stakeholders in implementing a zero-tolerance message towards violence.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>The centerpiece of the program is a focused deterrence strategy enhanced by an innovative community-wide education and outreach program crafted to thoroughly incorporate all segments of the citizenry of the Greater Peoria area. Using offender-based policing strategies, police and prosecutors send a specific message to a number of high-risk individuals that gun violence will not be tolerated. Then, the strategy includes communication about community programs that will provide services to help them on the road to a better and more productive life. As part of the message, these high-risk individuals are told that any future gun violence will result in the full force of federal and state law enforcement. They are put on notice and they know law enforcement eyes are on them.</span><div> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:16:46 +0000 Daryl Scott 1273 at Don't Shoot Peoria FAQ