Webinar | Precision Policing to Reduce Gun Violence: Evidence from New York City

Webinar | Precision Policing to Reduce Gun Violence: Evidence from New York City

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This webinar was the seventh webinar in a series presenting innovative research on crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like to receive updates via email on future webinars in this series, sign up for the series mailing list here.

Between 2011 and 2018, shooting and homicide rates fell by around 50 percent in New York City. During this time, there was a prominent shift in policing tactics from a regime of mass enforcement centered on frequent street stops and field interrogations to a regime of precision policing, in which the department focused on a smaller number of suspected criminal organizations which were thought to drive gun violence in the city.

In this webinar, Aaron Chalfin (University of Pennsylvania) presented evidence on the effectiveness of the signature policy of the new policing regime in New York City: targeted "gang takedowns" in the city's public housing communities. Thomas Abt (Council on Criminal Justice) commented on the implications of this research. A 10-minute Q&A followed the presentations.


    • Aaron Chalfin, Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania

    Policy Discussant

    • Thomas Abt, Chair of Violent Crime Working Group and Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice


    • Ana Tamayo, Policy Communications Manager at IPA

    Watch the video recordings below in English and Spanish.




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