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Professor David Kennedy Receives the 2010-2011 Hatfield Scholar Award for His Crime Prevention Scholarship

New York, NY, March, 7, 2011 - Professor David Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College, will receive the 2010-2011 Hatfield Scholar Award for his many contributions to addressing violent crimes in communities. The Award, which was established by the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, will be presented on April 7th at Portland State University.

The Hatfield Scholar Award is named after the distinguished former Governor and Senator from Oregon, Mark O. Hatfield. The Award is offered to exceptional scholars whose careers best exemplify the Hatfield ideals of public interest, scholarship, public service, civil and human rights, social justice and peace.

Kennedy has pursued an intellectually rigorous, practice-focused “action research” approach to public safety problems in America’s most troubled communities. His work in youth violence, first conducted in concert with the Boston Police Department, led to the “Operation Ceasefire” intervention that cut youth homcide in Boston by two-thirds and has since been applied in dozens of cities, and to a new “focused deterrence” framework that has been used to address many substantive crime problems. His work on firearms violence helped identify gun trafficking as a major national problem and led to the national Youth Firearms Interdiction Initiative, which he helped design and launch. His work on neighborhood drug markets led to the “High Point” drug market elimination strategy, which has also been implemented in many different cities and is being replicated by the Department of Justice. His strategy to address domestic violence is currently being launched in High Point, North Carolina.

Professor Kennedy’s work has garnered national acclaim. Operation Ceasefire won the prestigious Ford Foundation/Kennedy School of Government Innovations in American Government Award and the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. In 2007, the drug market elimination strategy also won the Innovations in American Government Award. In 2008, Cincinnati, Ohio Police Department won the Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement for the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) designed by Professor David Kennedy. He is the author of Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction, co-author of Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing, and a wide range of articles on gang violence, drug markets, domestic violence, firearms trafficking, deterrence theory, and other public safety issues. His next book, Don’t Shoot, will be published by Bloomsbury in the fall of 2011

He is also the co-chair of the National Network for Safe Communities (NSSC) which is dedicated to reducing crime, reducing incarceration and addressing the racial conflict associated with traditional crime policy. Since its creation in 2009, the NSSC has expanded to more than 50 jurisdictions – including Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Providence, Boston, High Point, and the states of California and North Carolina. For more information about the NNSC, visit

The Center for Crime Prevention and Control fosters innovative crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, research, and unique partnerships with communities, police, prosecutors and other law enforcement professionals. Its staff is actively engaged in crime prevention initiatives in jurisdictions around the country and the world fostering close working relations with practitioners within key criminal justice and community institutions. For more information about the Center, visit

Established in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit