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    The Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety evaluates policies and programs; analyzes and evaluates patterns and causes of violence; develops strategies and programs; develops a clearinghouse of research reports and “best practice” models; educates, trains, and provides technical assistance; and facilitates the development and construction of databases.

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Director's Welcome

Charles Katz

From Charles M. Katz

Welcome to our center. Currently, the Center is engaged in several local, state, and international research projects aimed at reducing violence.

While other institutions may single out for study a particular facet of violence, the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety has developed a distinct organizational model recognizing that interpersonal violence has no favorites. Solutions must cut across all boundaries of age, ethnicity, gender, economic status, and locale. That's why prevention solutions developed at the Center address all forms of violence, and research and development efforts are linked with other ASU research centers.

Student Contributions

The Center is committed to serving and incorporating students of every level into our research activities, educational and work opportunities, and professional development.

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Police Body-Worn Cameras
Dr. Katz and Dr. White have conducted research on police BWCs with law enforcement agencies, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF). 
Smart Policing Initiatives
Arizona State University joined with CNA Corporation and Justice and Security Solutions (JSS) to facilitate the training and technical assistance for more than 100 law enforcement agencies across the United States.
Transnational Gangs
Since 2004, the Center has been deeply invested in diagnosing, understanding, and responding to gang problems in the Caribbean and Latin America as well as understanding the capacity of governments to respond to gangs.
Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
We especially focus our efforts on developing long-term, socially embedded reciprocal relationships with local, national, and international organizations for the purpose of increasing community capacity to diagnose and respond to violent crime.