MONSE Calls for Public Input on Public Safety Accountability Dashboard
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement | December 28, 2022
Today, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) released a call to the public to offer feedback on Baltimore’s first-ever Public Safety Accountability Dashboard. MONSE will host four virtual focus groups of up to 25 people to review and offer feedback on the dashboard before it is made accessible to the public.
Mayor Scott Announces Expansion of Baltimore’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS)
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement | December 6, 2022
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the expansion of Baltimore’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS). The strategy, which the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) has piloted in Baltimore’s Western Police District since January 2022, will expand to the Southwestern district in the first quarter of the 2023 calendar year. Later in 2023, the Central District and Eastern District will follow, before the strategy is ultimately scaled citywide by mid-2024.
MONSE’s SideStep Pre-Arrest Youth Diversion Pilot Seeks Service Provider Partners
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement | December 5, 2022
Today, the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for Baltimore community-based organizations interested in partnering with the City of Baltimore as a referral partner for the SideStep Pre-Arrest Youth Diversion Pilot. For this grant, MONSE will provide nine (9) $50,000 grants and one (1) $25,000 grant to community-based organizations to provide services to referred youth between 2/1/2023-6/30/2023.
MONSE Announces Fourth Round of ARPA Allocations to CVI Ecosystem
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement | October 5, 2022
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) announced another round of recipients of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars targeted at improving public safety outcomes to community-based organizations (CBOs). The distribution of awards totaling $500,000 is directly aligned with the Scott Administration's charge to co-produce public safety with the Baltimore community. This funding is in addition to the $17.9 million already allocated to Baltimore CBOs and other institutional partners and is part of the $50 million ARPA investment that Scott allocated to the public safety agency last year.
City of Baltimore to Observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement | October 4, 2022
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the City of Baltimore will be engaged in a variety of activities to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence.
Mayor Scott Announces Next Steps in Cultivation of Baltimore’s CVI Ecosystem
Mayor Brandon M. Scott | September 16, 2022
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the next steps in cultivating Baltimore’s first-ever Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Ecosystem. This includes a new operation model for Safe Streets, Baltimore’s flagship violence intervention program, and the addition of hospital violence intervention programming.
Mayor Scott Announces Expanded Victim Services in Baltimore
Mayor Brandon M. Scott | August 12, 2022
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced his vision for the first-ever expansion of Victim Services in Baltimore. The interagency coordination efforts associated with victim services led by the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) are in direct alignment with the Mayor’s Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan’s emphasis on a public health approach to safety.
Social-Emotional Learning and Development Grant Request for Applications - Deadline 9/9
MONSE | August 10, 2022
Today, the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) Director Shantay Jackson announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for Baltimore community-based organizations to receive funding for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Development programs. For this grant, MONSE will award up to three recipients focused on the development of elementary and middle school-aged youth.
Public safety took center stage during Baltimore's National Night Out
WYPR | August 2, 2022
National Night Out is an example of the partnership to improve public safety in the city, said Shantay Jackson, director of the mayor’s office of neighborhood safety and engagement.
“To me, this is one of the most significant events that our city hosts every year, because of the way that we show up as a village, united, working together to reimagine public safety across our city,” Jackson said.
The event helps bridge the gap between law enforcement and key community members. She said her office works daily with the Baltimore Police Department on the group violence reduction strategy, neighborhood policing plan pilot program, the side-step pre-arrest diversion pilot and their victim’s services program that invests in resources for victims of gun violence.
Twelve Additional Community-Based Organizations to receive $600,000 in ARPA Dollars to Support Violence Prevention in Baltimore
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement | July 29, 2022
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) announced another round of recipients of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars targeted at improving public safety outcomes to community-based organizations (CBOs). The distribution of awards totaling $600,000 is directly aligned with the Scott Administration's charge to co-produce public safety with the Baltimore community. This funding is in addition to the $17.9 million already allocated to Baltimore CBOs and is part of the $50 million ARPA investment that Scott allocated to the public safety agency last year.
Youth Advocate Programs holds community gun violence prevention fair
WJZ-13 | July 16, 2022
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. hosted a Community Gun Violence Prevention Resource Fair in West Baltimore on Saturday to bring attention to its violence prevention efforts.
The event is one of the many tactics that the youth-justice group uses to create a sense of togetherness.
10 people shot, one killed, in three separate incidents across Baltimore on a violent Tuesday
Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2022
In response to Tuesday’s shooting, Jackson said the office will lead its first-ever “coordinated neighborhood stabilization response,” which will bring the office, other city agencies, and community-based organizations “to be out in this community in droves to provide resources, to provide a stabilization-effect, to make sure folks know we are not tolerating gun violence anymore.”
Center for Hope opens to serve Baltimore's abuse, trauma survivors
WBAL TV | May 4, 2022
A new facility opened Wednesday in northwest Baltimore to serve abuse and trauma survivors. LifeBridge Health's Center for Hope comprises one facet of Mayor Brandon Scott's community violence intervention ecosystem.
Officials broke ground in November 2020 at the campus of Sinai Hospital. The facility is the region's only comprehensive violence intervention and prevention center.
Scott Administration Rolls out Second Round of ARPA Dollars to Support Violence Prevention in Baltimore
Mayor Brandon M. Scott | May 5, 2022
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) announced the second round of recipients of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars targeted at improving public safety outcomes to community-based organizations (CBOs). The distribution of awards totaling $300,000 is directly aligned with the Scott Administration's charge to co-produce public safety with the Baltimore community. In February, Mayor Scott announced the initial ARPA violence prevention grant recipients totaling over $17.6 million in funds. This funding is part of the $50 million ARPA dollars that Scott allocated to the public safety agency last year.
Scott announces plans for a Community Violence Intervention Ecosystem
WYPR | April 14, 2022
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced Wednesday he will invest more than $10 million of American Rescue Plan Act money in a public health and community-based approach to reducing violence.
Scott said the program, which he’s calling a “Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Ecosystem,” will connect Safe Streets, the city’s flagship gun violence reduction program, with hospital partners, community organizations and wraparound services.
The investment is part of $50 million in federal funds that Scott announced last fall for public safety efforts.
Mayor Scott Announces Vision for Community Violence Intervention Ecosystem in Baltimore
Mayor Brandon M. Scott | April 13, 2022
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott stood as a national leader in the Community Violence Intervention (CVI) space to lay out his strategy to expand Baltimore’s CVI ecosystem. Mayor Scott was joined by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE), White House Community Violence Intervention Collaborative (CVIC) technical advisors, the National Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI), Safe Streets Baltimore, community-based organization partners, Baltimore-area hospital system partners, and community partners.
An internal review of Baltimore’s Safe Streets anti-violence initiative found the program lacked oversight, and half of the workers described their training as inadequate. City officials announced the findings Wednesday, along with a $10 million investment to improve program operations and establish a “community violence intervention ecosystem.”
Baltimore pledges more money for anti-violence program
Associated Press | April 13, 2022
Baltimore officials are planning to boost funding for an anti-violence program that a recent review found lacked oversight. City officials announced the findings of the Safe Streets review Wednesday, also rolling out plans to spend $10 million in federal funding to shore up operations and establish a “community violence intervention ecosystem,” the Baltimore Sun reported.
“We know that it works, but they haven’t had the support they needed,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said.
Baltimore To Invest Over $10 Million Into Community Violence Intervention Ecosystem
WJZ 13 | April 13, 2022
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on Wednesday announced the city will spend $10 million on expanding its community violence intervention ecosystem, in which violence is prevented through community and grassroots efforts.
The mayor was joined by the White House Community Violence Intervention Collaborative, the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, Safe Streets Baltimore, Baltimore-area hospital system partners, and other community partners in making the announcement.
Baltimore to expand community violence intervention ‘ecosystem’ with more support for Safe Streets, hospitals, other partners
Baltimore Fishbowl | April 13, 2022
Baltimore will invest more than $10 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds over the next four years into community violence intervention programs to address violence in the city.
Mayor Brandon Scott on Wednesday laid out a plan to bolster existing relationships and expand programming under conflict mediation, violence intervention, life coaching, and victim services.
Mayor: Community Violence Intervention Ecosystem aims to help reduce violent crimes
WBAL TV | April 13, 2022
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said Wednesday afternoon he has a new comprehensive plan for making the city safer called the Community Violence Intervention Ecosystem.
This program will roll out in May, and when it does, Baltimore hospitals will play an important role in preventing violence.
After killings of 3 workers, Baltimore’s Safe Streets anti-violence program at a crossroads: ‘We have to continue to evolve’
Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2022
Beloved Safe Streets leader Dante Barksdale was gunned down in 2021, leaving the city reeling without the heart and soul of its anti-violence program.
Since then, two more workers have been killed on the job — prompting alarm, safety concerns and questions about whether Baltimore needs to rethink its approach to curbing gun violence.
Baltimore city official discusses Safe Streets program
WBAL Radio | April 5, 2022
The city agency that oversees Safe Streets said certain parts of Baltimore have seen a reduction in violence, but others have not.
Shantay Jackson is the director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and spoke with C4 and Bryan Nehman on Tuesday morning.
"We have seen reductions in some posts and fluctuations in other posts," Jackson said.
The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement Director, Shantay Jackson, today announced members of her senior lead team charged with advancing the work of the agency and carrying out Baltimore’s Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan.
Baltimore City announced the initial round of funding for organizations working to reduce violence in the city. The funding, which comes from the American Rescue Plan dollars, will support a dozen organizations and its work in the community as part of the city’s comprehensive violence prevention plan to address the root causes of violence.
Scott Administration Rolls out Initial Round of ARPA Dollars to Support Violence Prevention in Baltimore
Mayor Brandon M. Scott | February 15, 2022
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) announced the initial recipients of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars targeted at improving public safety outcomes to community-based organizations.
Baltimore leaders want to use ShotSpotter technology to address trauma
WBAL | November 3, 2021
Baltimore officials approved a contract extension for the shot-spotter system during the city's Board of Estimates meeting Wednesday.
A path to funding for violence interrupters in Baltimore City
WMAR | November 2, 2021
Those on the front lines battling violence every day across Baltimore are anticipating a shot in the arm in the form of funding.
Council passes bill requiring monthly ARPA spending hearings from Scott administration
WYPR | November 1, 2021
The Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a bill from Council President Nick Mosby that mandates monthly reports from the Scott administration on federal relief spending during a Monday meeting.
Experts: Sustained funding required to see drop in crime from programs like Safe Streets
WBFF | October 29, 2021
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced $50 million of the city’s $641 million allocation of American Rescue Plan money will be spent in the next three years for victim services and community-based violence intervention programs.
Baltimore earmarks $50 million in federal relief funding for violence prevention
Baltimore Sun 10/27/2021
Shantay Jackson, director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, highlighted the work of the Rebuild, Overcome, ...
American Rescue Plan money to assist in violence intervention
WBAL TV 10/27/2021
It's where we are able to deliver the most direct services and ultimately the most impact," Shantay Jackson, director of the Mayor's Office of ...
Baltimore’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council begins again with new goals of collaboration
Baltimore Sun 10/12/2021
Four years after it was de-funded by the governor, a new Baltimore Criminal Justice Coordinating Council convened its first meeting Tuesday with hopes for increasing collaboration among law enforcement agencies.
Mayor Scott Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Baltimore City
Mayor Brandon M. Scott 10/06/2021
“We must do better,” said Shantay Jackson, Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement.
Shantay Jackson, the Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, who oversees GVRS, told the council that community, grassroots...
Baltimore leaders discuss their latest violence prevention effort, focusing on outreach over policing
Baltimore Sun 09/21/ 2021
Mayor Brandon Scott, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Police Commissioner ... director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement...
Mayor Scott Attends First Group Violence Reduction Strategy Meeting in Baltimore
Fox Baltimore 09/20/2021
... State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City State's Attorney, and Shantay Jackson, Director, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement.
Federal recovery money should fund Safe Streets and other anti-violence programs, advocates say
Baltimore Sun 08/11/ 2021
Shantay Jackson, director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, said that Mayor Brandon Scott's administration is also ...
Baltimore's Safe Streets tries to grow, change, live up to its name
The Washington Post 07/30/2021
Safe Streets is now in its 14th year and operating in 10 neighborhoods, ... who heads the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, ...
Safe Streets: Perspectives On The Mayor's Violence Prevention Plan
WYPR 07/28/ 2021
Shantay Jackson directs the new Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, which is responsible for implementing the Violence ...
For (Steve) Diggs and other violence interrupters for Baltimore’s Safe Streets program, who typically are ex-offenders themselves, the goal is to mediate and resolve even trivial-seeming conflicts before they turn into something more serious or even fatal… on Friday, Mayor Brandon Scott unveiled a five-year crime-fighting plan that calls for tripling the number of violence prevention programs, but also revamping the current model into what he called “Safe Streets 2.”
Cautious Optimism Over Baltimore Mayor Scott's New Crime Plan
Fox45 News is digging deeper into the mayor’s plan to reduce violence in the city… Experts are cautiously optimistic right now. With almost 400 people shot this year and almost 200 killed in Baltimore, it's a concerning level of violence.
But former federal prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah says now is the time for optimism. "We've got to give the mayor a chance to deliver on this campaign promise and now this administration promise," he says.
Reducing Baltimore's violence was one of Mayor Brandon Scott's priorities when taking office. He announced his multi-year crime plan in three parts throughout the day Friday.
While he is not the first mayor of Baltimore to talk about the need for a holistic approach to this issue, Scott said he is the first one to actually implement a comprehensive plan to prevent and reduce violent crime. The goal is to reduce violent crime by 15% in five years.
The Mayor's Office said it will mark the beginning of a five-year process toward building a better, safer Baltimore.
Mayor Brandon Scott unveiled his three-pillar city crime plan Friday morning.
Scott rolled out a new Baltimore City Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan in three events across the city, featuring the three “pillars” of the plan.
It’s the “first-of-its-kind public safety strategy” and the final product of Scott’s Draft Violence Prevention Framework and Plan that received feedback from hundreds of residents in more than 36 public community sessions.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott reveals crime plan; residents speak out
Fox 45 07/23/2021
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott reveals a crime plan with a goal of reducing violent crime by 15% for the next five years.
"This plan is not just my plan, it's Baltimore's plan. It's our plan to deal with the disease of gun violence," said Scott. The mayor describes the plan as a holistic approach to a public health crisis.
Five takeaways from Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s new crime plan
Baltimore Sun 07/23/2021
The five-year crime plan announced by Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott Friday is the culmination of months of public meetings and campaign pledges on the part of Scott to tackle gun violence and crime in Baltimore City.
Here are the main policies and goals laid out in the plan:
- A historic reduction in gun violence rates
- Alternatives to policing mental health and overdose emergencies
- An acknowledgment of institutional racism
- Advocacy for safe injection sites
- An unknown price tag
Political leaders back Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s crime plan during announcement tour
Baltimore Sun 07/23/2021
Baltimore’s political and community leaders rallied behind Mayor Brandon Scott’s newly released crime plan Friday during a day-long series of public events to promote the plan… The proposal also calls for the city to reintroduce a group violence reduction strategy, to provide more comprehensive re-entry services for those returning from incarceration, and to better cooperate with federal officials to investigate gun traffickers and illegal gun purchases.
Crowding behind the first-term Democratic mayor outside the Rose Street Community Center in East Baltimore Friday morning, federal, state, and local officials clamored to share their praise for the yet untested plan.
Mayor Brandon Scott believes building a better and brighter Baltimore requires a new approach, especially in tackling the city’s top threats. In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Mayor Scott and Shantay Jackson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, detailed their partnerships with residents and community organizations to create the city’s new first-ever holistic public safety plan.
The Baltimore City Comprehensive Violence Prevention Program is a five-year plan that offers a sustainable solution to gun violence by treating it as a matter of public health. By strategically addressing the needs of the individuals pulling the trigger, the city could see a 50% reduction in shootings, which would be a welcomed change for residents.
“What we see Mayor Scott doing is being innovative and thoughtful about what the reimagination of our city is going to take,” Jackson said. “We are facing adaptive challenges, not technical ones as it relates to violence prevention.”
Baltimore unveils ‘holistic’ five-year plan to reduce and prevent violence
Baltimore Fishbowl 07/23/2021
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on Friday unveiled a five-year plan to address causes of violence in the city, emphasizing that community voices helped build the plan and that its success will depend on support from all of Baltimore and its partners. Scott said the city will strive to reduce violent crime by 15% each year over the plan’s five years, though he acknowledged the goal will be difficult to reach.
“We understand that no single policy or initiative serves as a cure-all for the long legacy of violence that Baltimore has endured,” he said. “However, I believe wholeheartedly that this transformative approach can move the needle and make every neighborhood in Baltimore a safer place to live.”
Mayor Brandon Scott on Friday joined other local, state, and federal leaders at three different events to roll out Baltimore's crime reduction plan. It's made up of three pillars set over five years.
Newsmaker: Shantay Jackson, Heading The New Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement
WYPR Midday with Tom Hall 05/18/2021
A central tenet of Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s approach to crime reduction in our city is the certainty that the traditional strategies that Baltimore has employed for decades have come up short, and that public safety must be re-imagined if the levels of violent crime are to be brought down. Murders and non-fatal shootings have for so long been a part of the landscape of certain neighborhoods. Scott’s vision for a safer city is tied to his vision for a more equitable, more inclusive, and more trauma-informed city, as well.
Tom's guest today has been charged by the Mayor to gather community input and implement the Mayor’s vision for a safer city. Last December, Shantay Jackson was appointed to be the head of a new agency established by Mayor Scott, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement.
A lifelong Baltimorean, Shantay Jackson has experience in the private and public sector, with community groups and conflict mediation and resolution.
The word “engagement” is in the name of her office, and we invite you to engage with Shantay Jackson here on Midday. What do you think we should be doing as a matter of public policy and individual responsibility to stem the tide of violence that has been particularly acute over the last several years?
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement plan | VIDEO
Baltimore Sun 03/15/2021
Shantay Jackson, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement talks about the new Draft Violence Reduction Framework and Plan.