KTVU aired a story on Nov. 19 that gave the impression that Ceasefire is a crime strategy destined for failure. What the story didn’t say was that since Ceasefire has started back up again, the murder rate in the city has decreased.
Everything is not doom and gloom when it comes to violence in Oakland. There are people who care, and there are people—a lot of people, actually—who are working to reduce the violence. Hiring private security may be some people’s prerogative, but we know from our research that the best way to reduce gun violence is to build relationships with the people who are most prone to cause the violence and be victims of the violence.
The first reason why this strategy has been the most effective is because it has been proven to work in other cities when implemented correctly. The other reason: Ceasefire Oakland is a community-driven, faith-led effort that works in partnership with the city, police department and other community organizations to reduce gun violence in Oakland’s “hot spots.”
Since Oakland Community Organizations restarted Ceasefire in 2012, homicides have dropped by 22 percent. That statistic right there tells you that something is working.