Violence and the fear of violence have devastating effects on communities’ quality of life. Criminal justice practitioners, health system representatives and the media must recognize the relationships between the response to violence and the treatment and prevention of future violence; and they must engage communities on how best to prevent violence, encouraging public and private collaboration at all levels. Accurate reporting of crime and analysis of actual crime trends is critical in order to enable appropriate use of crime reduction strategies. Trust and confiden
In the United States, the investigation and prosecution of crime is largely performed at the local level and is most often viewed as a local issue. However, crime has significant national implications; therefore, crime patterns and trends generally are reflected across state lines and international borders. Crime is a drain on the nation’s economy, well being and international competitiveness.
The preservation of our constitutional protections is paramount and is critical to providing both public safety and justice.