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Community Violence Prevention & Intervention Street Outreach Teams

The Promise Keepers

  • Promise Keepers began as a impactful 14-Week Safe Summer Pilot in 2022. This initiative has now developed into a year-long initiative. The focus of Promise Keepers is on primary prevention by engaging residents and business owners in our Promise Zone areas. These identified areas account for high percentages of Milwaukee’s shooting incidents. Collectively, this initiative brings together trained credible members of these neighborhoods to support and bring resources to communities in need. Promise Keepers also provide community healing after a traumatic event by canvassing, neighborhood clean-ups, community pop-up events, and more.

The Critical Response Team

  • The Critical Response Team is led by specialized individuals to deal with critical incidents that involve gang-based violence and retaliatory violence. Their specialized skill set allows for them to mediate conflicts between gangs and pain-based groups across the city as well as volatile incidents involving missing persons and interpersonal violence.


  • 414Life is a program modeled after Cure Violence, a successful violence prevention effort implemented in multiple cities around the world. The model engages credible messengers from the community to engage in prevention-based outreach and targeted conflict mediation. The program’s outreach workers interrupt and prevent violence in targeted neighborhoods while spreading conflict mediation skills. The program also has hospital responders stationed in Froedtert Hospital to provide support to families, friends, and survivors of gun violence.

Milwaukee's Blueprint for PeaceBlueprintforPeaceMilwaukee

Violence is a public health issue. To coordinate and guide a public health approach to violence prevention, Milwaukee's Blueprint for Peace serves as a comprehensive, community-driven agenda for addressing the complex factors that drive violence.

Community Collaborations & Initiatives 


  • Violence Response Public Health and Safety Team (VR-PHAST) is a collaboration of key stakeholders assembled to address the high level of gun violence with concentrated areas of Milwaukee impacting youth, families, neighborhoods, and agencies across public health and public safety. The focus of the initiative is a multi-sector collaborative approach to violence response.
    • OCWS is a subcontracted/funded partner of the BJA grant awarded to the initiative. Partners include, Medical College of Wisconsin (lead applicant), Milwaukee County DHHS, Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Fire Department, and the Milwaukee Community Justice Council.

CCC Partnership

  • The commission was created in response to the Collins, et al lawsuit agreement and tasked with holding MPD accountable to conditions centered on reform as well as establishing community-oriented policing strategies.
  • Multi-sector partners including MPD, NAACP, and FPC
  • Establish new SOP (standard operating procedure) on community-oriented policing and create community-oriented policing engagement plan that supports citywide safety measures

The Cardiff Model

  • This initiative focused on creating a more coordinated data analysis process that shows trends of neighborhood violence with intent of creating place-based solutions for prevention and intervention.
  • Multi-sector partners including Froedtert/MCW, community-based organizations, MPD, MCSO, Ascension, EMS, ED, Medical Examiner. Focus on programmatic and policy-based solutions in areas specifically impacted by violence.
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