Operation Ceasefire

Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force, Operation Ceasefire is a problem-solving police strategy that attempts to lessen illegal gun possession, gang violence, and firearm violence in communities. The aims of the program are to put others on notice that offenders face serious and specific punishment to carry prohibited firearms, to carry out a comprehensive technique to apprehend and prosecute offenders who carry small arms, also to stop youths from following the course that is criminal. As a deterrence strategy, the intervention is dependant on the assumption that crimes can be avoided when the expenses of committing the crime are perceived by the wrongdoer to outweigh the benefits of committing a crime. It targets high-risk youngsters as well as violent and serious juvenile offenders.

It combines aggressive law enforcement and prosecution efforts aimed at prosecuting felons regaining illegal pistols, raising public awareness, and encouraging antiviolence and public security.

The Operation Ceasefire intervention is a centered deterrence strategy. Deterrence theory posits that crimes can be avoided when the costs of committing the offense are perceived by the offender to outweigh the benefits of perpetrating the crime (Braga et al. 2001). Operation Ceasefire employed a – approach, which tried to stop gang violence by making gang members believe that acute consequences would follow from violence and firearm use, which would convince them to alter their conduct. A key element of the intervention was the delivery of a direct and explicit “retail deterrence ” concept into a relatively small target audience of gang members regarding the kind of conduct would arouse a unique response and what that result could be. The deterrence message applied to some smallish audience (all gang-involved young ones) rather than to a general audience (all young ones in Boston). This manner, the Ceasefire intervention would target those gangs who were engaged in behaviour that is violent instead of expending resources on those that were not.

Organisation: National Network for Safe Communities
Region: Boston, Mass.

More Information: https://www.crimesolutions.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?ID=207