Award Date

1-1-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Committee Member

William H. Sousa

Number of Pages

72

Abstract

Beginning in January of 2007, the "Safe Village Initiative" (SVI) was implemented in West Las Vegas in response to firearm violence. SVI represents an effort of combined resources from criminal justice agencies, social service organizations, local clergy, and citizens to disrupt the cycle of violence that characterizes fatal and non-fatal shootings. The SVI is essentially a deterrence based model aimed to reduce firearm offenses; The current study will analyze SVI from two research questions. The research questions are designed to: (1) assess the qualities of SVI that make it unique from previously implemented "pulling levers" models, and (2) assess the impact it has had on West Las Vegas. Secondary data were received from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and University Medical Center Trauma Unit as a means for assessment. Secondary data were supplemented with qualitative interviews with founders and core team leaders of SVI.

Keywords

Las Vegas; Evaluating; Experiment; Impact; Initiative; Nevada; Quasi; Safe; Vegas; Village; West

Controlled Subject

Criminology

File Format

pdf

File Size

1.38 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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