Project Safe Neighborhoods: Strategic Interventions, Lowell, District of Massachusetts: Case Study 6   [open pdf - 231KB]

"The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task force in the District of Massachusetts focuses on Boston as well as 10 additional jurisdictions. This study focuses on the PSN task force operating in the City of Lowell. [...] In 2003, Lowell had a violent crime rate of 825 per 100,000 residents and a property crime rate of 2,933, based on the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports' (UCR) Crime in the United States (U.S. Department of Justice, 2003). Compared to all U.S. cities with populations greater than 75,000, Lowell placed above average in terms of violent crime and below average in terms of property crime. From 2000 to 2004, Lowell had a relatively stable average homicide rate of 4.5 per year. Gun crime in Lowell involved young males with prior criminal histories and gang involvement. [...] The impact assessment suggests a reduction in aggravated assaults with a firearm, the principal focus of the PSN Lowell task force. The reduction (-28 percent) was considerably larger than that observed in several comparison Massachusetts cities. There was no reduction in armed robberies with a gun or in gun-related calls-for-service. Homicides were too infrequent to assess impact. The assessment also indicated that a multi-agency partnership, employing a research-driven, strategic problem-solving approach, was effectively implemented in PSN Lowell."

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