Homicide in the LASD Century Station Area

Developing Data-Driven Interventions

by Jeremy M. Wilson, Clifford A. Grammich, George Tita

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This working paper is a descriptive analysis of homicides from January 2000 through December 2003 in the Century Station area of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. It complements an earlier analysis (Tita et al., 2004) on homicide in the adjacent 77th Street Area of the Los Angeles Police Department. Both analyses are part of a series RAND Corporation researchers have completed on behalf of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national initiative funded by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Project Safe Neighborhoods, coordinated through U.S. Attorneys’ offices, is a strategic, coordinated approach to reducing gun violence in America. The role of RAND in the Century Station area is to provide research and support for the strategic planning components of the initiative. The goals of this program are to (1) increase the capacity of Project Safe Neighborhood task forces to design data-driven strategies that produce measurable decreases in firearms-related crime and (2) improve the long-term ability of federal, state, and local agencies to work together to understand, prosecute, and prevent firearms-related violent crime within their jurisdictions.

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