In 2007, NLC and the Oakland-based National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) initiated a network of 13 major cities in California to combat gang violence and victimization. The California Cities Gang Prevention Network, the first of its kind in the nation, focuses on successful policies and practices that interweave prevention, intervention, enforcement and a community's "moral voice" as an alternative to prison-only solutions.NLC and NCCD sponsor the network with support from the California Wellness Foundation, the California Endowment, and launched the network with additional, initial support from the Evelyn and Walter Haass, Jr., Fund, the East Bay Community Foundation, and the Richmond Children's Foundation. Participating cities include Fresno, Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley), Oakland, Oxnard, Richmond, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Stockton. For more information, visit www.ccgpn.org.
The YEF Institute and the Fred Rogers Company have partnered to connect cities with a no-cost training program that enhances community policing efforts and public safety by improving police interactions with children and teens. The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is supporting a series of local training sessions organized by the Fred Rogers Company in communities across the nation.