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The Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy was born out of the 2008 South Florida Anti-Gang Summit where 175 national gang reduction experts, Federal, State and local criminal justice personnel, socio-economic service providers, faith- and community- based organizations, and former gang leaders convened to focus on core gang issues and outline strategies to address those issues. The two-day summit was designed to build the capacity of attendees on day one for the strategic planning that followed on day two. The summit’s design proved to be fruitful as the goals and objectives that emerged were rooted in effective evidenced-based practices.
As a follow up to the summit, on July 21, 2009 the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution, sponsored by District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, directing the Mayor or his designee to implement the strategies and recommendations, where possible, from the 2008 South Florida Anti-Gang Summit.
On February 28, 2011 the inaugural meeting of the Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Coalition was held at the United States Attorney’s Office. Invitees included 90 of Miami-Dade County’s leading policy makers, criminal justice executives, and directors from community- and faith- based organizations. The Coalition, co-chaired by coalition sponsor Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, and former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, set the precedence for collective efficacy that was realized later. At the meeting, the Miami-Dade County Anti-Gang Strategy was introduced and implementation began the next day. The pilot target area was unincorporated Brownsville/Liberty City but special requests brought the strategy to Miami Gardens, Overtown, and Model City. The Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy is the most significant collaborative effort to date that counters the emerging gang epidemic.
The one-year expansion of the strategy into Miami Gardens and Opa-Locka began on October 12, 2012. There has been a sharp decline in homicides in Miami Gardens since the Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy began. We have received requests to bring the strategy to Homestead/Florida City, Perrine/Goulds, Liberty City/Model City, Coconut Grove, and Overtown as a result of our efforts in District 1. The leadership provided by coalition sponsor Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, United State’s Attorney’s Office, State Attorney’s Office, and Miami-Dade County gives the strategy the power to leverage and optimize existing resources to achieve collective efficacy.
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