Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. works with local agencies to promote public safety and positive quality of life in neighborhoods across the country. Our work has been supported by the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Children's Trust of Miami-Dade. Find out more about our work below or contact us to find out how JSS can work with your agency.
Resources for Law Enforcement
JSS has partnered with a number of police departments throughout the country to understand communities with the intention of improving quality of life, decreasing crime and maximizing collective efficacy. Watch this video to see the impact of JSS and the Metro Nashville Police Department's Community Engagement in their West precinct.
To learn more about how JSS can assist your neighborhood, click this button below.
Key Principles of the JSS Approach
Focus on Neighborhoods
A neighborhood is a collection of residential properties sharing a common geography. But there is more to neighborhoods than just a collection of houses. Here at JSS, neighborhoods are also an important level of social interaction. Understanding neighborhood social functioning is key to improving the quality of life in these areas.
Build Collective Efficacy
Collective Efficacy refers to the ability of neighborhood residents to come together and exercise informal social control to achieve shared goals. Neighborhoods with high collective efficacy are able to come together to address crime and disorder and foster a better quality of life for residents.
Restore Anchor Points
Anchor points are the neighborhood facilities and resources that serve as a central focus for community interaction and information sharing. One of the cornerstones of our approach involves assessing and improving anchor points to facilitate the development of collective efficacy.
Neighborhoods are not homogenous and certain areas within neighborhoods experience more problems than other areas. In our approach, we use cutting-edge research to identify problematic areas and targeted interventions to improve safety and quality of life within those areas.