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OCJS is working to combat violent crimes such as homicide in Ohio’s cities through the Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium Violence Prevention Initiative. Consortium member cities include Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown.

The consortium, which focuses on urban settings, is a state, federal and local partnership committed to using technology, innovative violence prevention efforts and intelligence led policing to reduce homicides and other violent crimes. The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is a component of the consortium. The VPI is modeled on Boston's Operation Ceasefire initiative.

VPI focuses specifically on group-related violent crime and has three components:

  • Consequence and accountability for violent crimes
  • Clear and direct community stand against violence
  • Assistance for those who want out of a violent life

Homicide stats…

  • An estimated 16,272 persons were murdered nationwide in 2008, a 3.9% decrease from 2007. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2009)
  • Teenagers (ages 13 to 19) accounted for 13% of murder victims in 2008. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2009)
  • In 2008, 78% of murder victims were male and 22 percent female. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2009)
  • In 2008, where the victim-offender relationship was known, 23% of victims were killed by family members and 22% were killed by strangers. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2009)
  • Law enforcement cleared (by arrest or exceptional means) 64% of the murders that occurred nationwide. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2009)
  • In 2008, 41 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty; 37 were male and 4 were female. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2009)
    • Of the 41 officers feloniously killed, 9 of the slain officers were involved in arrest situations; 8 were performing traffic stops; 7 were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances; 7 were involved in tactical situations (e.g., high-risk entry); 6 were ambushed; 2 were performing investigative duties; 1 was handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of a prisoner; and 1 was answering a disturbance call. (Washington, DC: GPO, 2009)
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