HAMDEN – Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Police Chief John Cappiello are pleased to announce that Hamden’s “Street Outreach Worker Program” has been renewed for FY19-20. The program is administered by the Connecticut Violence Intervention Program (CTVIP). Funding was allocated for this key community policing program in the FY19-20 Police Department operating budget.
The Street Outreach Worker Program (SOWP) utilizes a “Public Health” risk reduction model with the goal of decreasing violence among teens and young adults. The SOWP employs several best practice strategies including: 1) outreach and engagement of youth at high risk of gun violence; 2) maintaining a presence in neighborhoods where youth gun violence occurs and intervening in potentially violence situations to head off violence (a concerted effort to separate youth from their guns); preventing retaliation for community violence by offering nonviolent solutions and having a presence at hospitals following shootings; 3) establishing and using a network of social service referrals to provide assistance at all times to those in need; 4) creating partnerships with provider organizations to help create a comprehensive response to gun violence in the city; 5) advocating for teens and young adults, to help youth negotiate challenges they encounter in court, schools, and community.
Commenting on the program, Mayor Leng said, “This program has offered real-life, hands-on interaction and intervention that is unique, essential and life-saving. We are reaching young people and providing guidance for a better future from outreach workers who are trained and trusted. Thank you to CTVIP and the Hamden Police Department for their fine work on expanding this relationship and reaching more people. Prevention work saves lives, it is invaluable.”
For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Patrick J. Donnelly at (203) 287-7009 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org