The Senator Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI) is a state grant program administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to "support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention". These multi-disciplinary approaches may include, but are not limited to, law enforcement initiatives such as anti-gang task forces and targeting of enforcement resources through the use of crime mapping; focused prosecution efforts; programs aimed at successful reintegration of released inmates and youth from juvenile detention; and programs that provide youth with supervised out-of-school activities.
The Shannon CSI was originally funded in 2006 and provides funding to communities that are able to demonstrate:
* High levels of youth violence and gang problems
* A comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners
* A commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies
Funding is primarily used for:
*Gang task force personnel costs and overtime
*Crime analysis, and
*Social intervention and opportunity provision programs
Consistent with the vision of the Shannon CSI, the EOPSS has provided funding to support Local Action Research Partners (LARPs) and a Statewide Youth Violence Research Partner (SYVRP) to work with Shannon sites to maximize the grant investment. The LARPs provide strategic, analytic, and research support, as well as evaluate programs for Shannon sites. The SYVRP provides national gang and youth violence research best practices and shares lessons learned from the Shannon sites and LARPs to assess and document results of the Shannon CSI.