Our mission is to unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.
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.
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.
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.
A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee evaluation documents the pilot program’s success and validates an approach balancing law enforcement and community-based prevention.
Safe & Sound is incorporated to continue its efforts to reduce crime in high-crime, low-income neighborhoods through strong public-private partnerships.
Safe & Sound forms a three-pronged approach incorporating Safe Places, Community Partners, and Law Enforcement.
Collaboration with the Office of the District Attorney creates the Community Prosecution Unit Coordinator function, introducing a national model.
Safe & Sound is honored with a White House Champion of Change Award.
Safe & Sound Board of Directors approves a new organizational strategic plan with objectives in four key areas: programs, revenue, informed awareness and organizational development.
Safe & Sound narrows its geography to include eight priority neighborhoods, launches a Neighborhood Team approach, and shifts its focus to building collective efficacy.
Operations include MPD districts 2, 3, 5 and 7.
At the request of law enforcement, residents, and businesses, Safe & Sound expands into Milwaukee Police District 4 after a successful 18-month fundraising campaign.
Safe & Sound is awarded the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in Washington, D.C. in recognition of its contributions to community safety through service and prevention efforts.
The Medical College of Wisconsin conducts an independent assessment documenting Safe & Sound’s effectiveness in improving collective efficacy in six of eight neighborhoods in just two years. Click here to review the evaluation summary.