The Senator Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI) is a state grant program modeled after the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model and administered by EOPSS to support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat youth and gang violence through coordinated programs for prevention, suppression and intervention (http://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Comprehensive-Gang-Model). Since 2006, the Massachusetts Legislature has provided annual support to municipalities across the Commonwealth that demonstrate high levels of youth and gang violence, along with a willingness to work with community-based partners across disciplines in a comprehensive fashion to combat these issues.
Consistent with the vision of the Shannon CSI, EOPSS has provided funding through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program to fund 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 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. The SYVRP also acts as the research arm of the Shannon CSI sites that do not have a dedicated LARP.
Each of the three components of Shannon – the sites, the LARPs, and the SYVRP – are awarded grant funding through a competitive process, overseen by the Justice and Prevention Division (JPD), housed within OGR. Since the inception of Shannon some eight years ago, RPAD has provided critical support to JPD in the form of data collection and analysis, and management of the LARPs and SYVRP. Below is the list of current Shannon CSI sites and their respective LARPs.