What is OJJDP?
The Safe Communities Task Force is using the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model as its blueprint for implementation. The model focuses on five core strategies: Community Mobilization, Opportunities Provision, Social Intervention, Suppression, and Organizational Change and Development. Look familiar? You'll find our site menu bar reflects the five core strategies, as does our program. The steps in the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model planning process are as follows:
- Conduct community assessment
- Identify 3-5 problem areas from assessment
- Prioritize problems
- Develop goals and objectives for each identified problem
- Identify activities and services
- Anticipate barriers
- Finalize plan
Five Core Strategies
Community Mobilization: Involvement of local citizens, including former gang youth, community groups and agencies, and the coordination of programs and staff functions within and across agencies.
Opportunities Provision: The development of a variety of specific education, training and employment programs targeted at gang-involved youth.
Organizational Change & Development: Development and implementation of policies and procedures that result in the most effective use of available and potential resources, within and across agencies, to better address the issue of gangs.
Social Intervention: Youth-serving agencies, schools, grassroots groups, faith-based organizations, police, and other criminal justice organizations reaching out and acting as links to gang-involved youth, their families, and the conventional world.
Suppression: Formal and information social control procedures, including close supervision by agencies of the criminal justice system.
Want to Learn More?
Hover over or click the tabs on the menu bar of our website to learn more about what we are doing to achieve each core strategy of the OJJDP model. Also visit https://www.ojjdp.gov/ for a more comprehensive overview.