Join a Committee:

Most of the work of VPC is done through our committees. They usually meet monthly, but may meet more or less often based on their projects. Check out the descriptions below and Join a VPC Committee.

Community Engagement Committee

  • To organize and mobilize communities experiencing high levels of violence to lead violence prevention efforts with sustained support from accountable institutional partners.

  • 2020 activities include leadership and capacity-building workshops for community members, partnership with Pitch Partners for community projects

Policy & Systems Change Committee

  • To partner with police to develop community informed policing practices and policies that improve police legitimacy. Police legitimacy is defined as the degree to which Citizens believe the Police are honest, trying to do their job and protecting the citizens from crime and violence.

  • 2020 activities include community engagement to prioritize policy suggestions, procedural justice trainings, finalizing a community led policy agenda, and creating recommendations and accountability mechanisms for law enforcement.

Service Delivery & Provision Committee

  • To strengthen the nonfatal shooting response system to provide coordinated services and supports that are trauma informed and evidence based in order to reduce retaliatory violence and address the impact of trauma and toxic stress in communities.

  • 2020 activities include creating a coordinated service network including street outreach, trauma and grief counseling, basic needs and social services; coordinating response with K-12 schools; and mobilizing community health workers and crisis response teams.

Racial Equity & Systemic Racism Committee

  • To help each committee and VPC as a whole develop violence prevention solutions that address the root causes of interpersonal violence.

  • 2020 activities include creation of a racial equity toolkit for members and technical assistance to VPC members.

Evaluation Committee

  • To investigate the impact of VPC’s activities on its objectives as well as crime reduction and prevention.