What is Cure the Streets?
Cure the Streets is a pilot public safety program launched by OAG aimed at reducing gun violence. It operates in discrete high violence neighborhoods using a data-driven, public-health approach to gun violence by treating it as a disease that can be interrupted, treated, and stopped from spreading. Read more about the program and get context for this data, here.
The goal of Cure the Streets is to reduce the frequency of shootings and gun homicides within the target areas. We track gun-related violent incidents in the target areas year over year and as compared to gun violence rates in the District overall. We also track data associated with the activities of the program.
We also measure community perceptions of violence in the target areas to determine whether the program influences how residents feel about the level of violence in their neighborhoods. In the autumn of 2019, we contracted to conduct a community survey in the target areas, which will serve as a baseline of community perceptions of violence in the neighborhood. We have delayed conducting the follow up survey after learning that there was not a safe, effective, and reasonably priced methodology for conducting the survey during the pandemic. We plan to conduct an in-person follow-up survey this fall if it is safe to do so.
When looking at this early data, bear in mind the following:
- The numbers are very small.
- Cure the Streets sites were specifically chosen because of their high rates of gun violence.
- Cure the Streets is designed to address certain types of gun crimes, those that result from reciprocal violence. It is not intended to address, for example, intimate partner violence or violence related to random crime.
- The data below track Assaults with Deadly Weapon offenses, where the weapon at issue was a gun (ADW Gun), and homicides where a gun was used.
- “Rest of District” includes all other non-Cure the Streets sites in the District (including any parts of the District that fall in areas where the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement operates violence interruption programs).
All metrics below are by fiscal year (October 1 – September 30) or fiscal year to date (through June 2021).
Gun Incidents within Cure the Streets Sites
Last updated: 10/4/21
Program Metrics Across All Cure the Streets Sites
Program Metrics for Individual Cure the Streets Sites
ADW gun (Gun Assault with a Deadly Weapon): Incidents categorized by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) as an assault with a deadly weapon in which the weapon was a gun. Gun ADWs include any assault with a gun, including shooting or pointing a gun.
Community Responses to Shootings Organized by CTS: The number of community responses CTS mobilized in response to shooting incidents, in order to denounce violence, reclaim public space, provide public education, strengthen community ties, and ensure violence is not normalized.
Gun homicide: Incidents categorized by MPD as a homicide offense in which the weapon was a gun.
Mediations by CTS Staff: The number of conflicts in which CTS teams initiated an intervention as neutral mediators to help work towards peaceful resolution.
Number of Program Participants: The number of high-risk individuals with whom a CTS Outreach Worker is in active contact to reduce that individual’s likelihood of becoming involved in gun violence.