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Courts and Police

San Diego CalGRIP Project Evaluation

From 2008 to 2011, the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division conducted an evaluation of the San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) implementation of the California Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention (CalGRIP) project. In partnership with the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention, the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, and United Methodist Urban Ministry (METRO), the three -year project aimed to reduce gang activity in communities with high rates of gang violence. The project provided a continuum of services including prevention, intervention, and suppression.

Over the course of the project, the following goals were accomplished:

Prevention services: Parks and Recreation Department extended operation hours at three recreation centers in the target areas (Memorial, Mountain View, and Southcrest), offering youth a safe place to be between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Friday nights. There was a total of 5,339 visits by youth during the grant period, with youth being 13 years old on average and living within walking distance to the center. SDPD supported these efforts by providing extra patrols during the extended hours and also participating in center activities.

Intervention services: METRO provided case management services to 89 high risk youth and a their families, about three-quarters (76%) of which were successfully linked and enrolled in a community program.

Suppression activities: SDPD employed intelligence-led policing to target suppression activities. Between 2008 and 2010, gang-related crime decreased in the Central (35%) and Southeastern (37%) divisions.

Project Manager

Sandy Keaton, Senior Criminal Justice Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-6933, Email: sandy.keaton@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.