The Community Collaborative Initiative meetings are designed to bring together schools, law enforcement and state agencies on a regular basis to address youth violence in an effort to enhance public safety.

Reducing youth violence and crime requires a multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and coordinated approach, which views prevention and early intervention as critical components. Since no single entity is capable of achieving the goal of creating safe schools and communities, Massachusetts General Law requires District Attorneys to establish, implement and coordinate regularly held meetings of police, schools and community leaders to address the issue of youth violence. These meetings are currently being held in all school districts in Essex County. A key part of this coordinated effort is the ability of schools, law enforcement officials, and state agencies to share information concerning school safety and at-risk youth. Community-based collaboration is the key element in this mandate.