Our Mission.

Our mission is to unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.

Our Vision.

Our vision is a safe neighborhood for everyone in Milwaukee.

Safe & Sound Timeline: A Brief History

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Safe & Sound was founded with the theory that improvements in public safety require the combination of law enforcement, community organizing and youth development.

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Annual Reports

Our Yearly Annual Reports In 2014, the Safe & Sound Board of Directors, staff and partners have participated in an exhaustive assessment and planning process to ensure our approach to community safety is effective and sustainable.   Our Latest 990  

Safe & Sound is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 39-1940292

Video Gallery

Our work in the community has been documented across various outlets. Below is a gallery of our latest work.

1994
Milwaukee’s Youth Crime and Violence Task Force launches three-year pilot “Weed and Seed” program: Safe & Sound Initiative is based upon the respected work of Milwaukee’s Youth Crime and Violence Task Force, founded by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and former U.S. Attorney Thomas Schneider. The Task Force consisted of a broad coalition of neighborhood leaders, government officials, heads of youth-serving agencies, law enforcement chiefs, and business and community leaders.
1997
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee evaluation documents success of “Weed and Seed” program: The Task Force’s validated a balanced approach between tough law enforcement and community-based prevention to achieve effective crime reduction, increased economic viability and proactive youth development.
1998
Safe & Sound is founded.
  • Safe & Sound was incorporated to continue the work to reduce crime, especially violent crime, in high-crime, generally low-income neighborhoods through strong public-private partnerships.
  • Safe & Sound formed a three-pronged approach incorporating Safe Places - after-school programs for youth; Community Partners – door-to-door neighborhood organizers; and Tough Law Enforcement – federal, state and local authorities sharing crime information to assist in the neighborhoods.
  • Nicolette Bautista is named Executive Director of the new organization.
2002
Barbara Notestein Named Safe & Sound Executive Director
2007
Collaboration with the Office of the District Attorney becomes a precursor to the Crime Prosecution Unit Coordinator function
2011
Safe & Sound Honored with White House Champion of Change Award Winner
2014
  • April: Katie Sanders named Safe & Sound Executive Director
  • September: Safe & Sound Board of Directors approves new strategic plan
2015
Safe & Sound announces eight priority neighborhoods
  • Priority neighborhoods were named to support the new approach for providing comprehensive, efficient and integrated resources to neighbors with the Neighborhood Teams. Priority neighborhoods include:
    • District 2 - Clarke Square & Layton Boulevard West
    • District 3 - Metcalfe Park & Midtown
    • District 5 - Amani & Harambee
    • District 7 - Parklawn & Sherman Park
  • In addition to priority neighborhoods, Safe & Sound maintains city wide support and special programs:
    • Drug Free Communities - 53208 Zip Code
    • P.A.R.C. Initiative area – Near West Side