Building Trust in Salinas, Calif., to Reduce Violent Crime

From the National League of Cities, by By John A. Calhoun and Kelly McMillin -- Officers Rich Lopez and Jeffrey Lofton have been assigned to work in Salinas' Hebbron Heights District, an area characterized by poverty, high crime and low educational achievement. Their job? Knock on doors. Get to know neighborhood residents. Arrest, if necessary, but primarily help youth get jobs, advocate for them in school, support them in sports activities.

President Obama recognizes our efforts to restore peace

In a recent speech to the National Urban League, President Obama singled out the progress CASP and the City of Salinas are making in reducing violence -- watch it here:


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Pentecost Sunday event for peace in Salinas - May 27th, 2012

The Congregations of Salinas are coming together in an event to promote peace in Salinas.

Keynote Speaker Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles, the last living witness to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, will share his word of hope for the community.

Other guest speakers include Sr. Pastor Eddie Caraveo and the Reverend Jeff Brown and several local Salinas pastors.

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Steinbeck Performing Arts Center, 940 N. Main St., Salinas.

Community comes together for troubled youth

From the Associated Press via On a 100-acre ranch in the foothills northeast of Salinas, 28 students, many of whom are on probation, are building a house. When it’s finished, it will shelter some of them from the violence in their own neighborhoods.

Editorial: Central Coast crime fighters win national accolades

From KSBW-TV: ...Following the Violence Prevention Forum on Monday and Tuesday, two members of the Salinas delegation were honored at the White House: Salinas Deputy Police Chief Kelly McMillan for his leadership as director of the city’s Ceasefire program...


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