Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS)

The Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) 


The Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) combines efforts from MAP, OPGV, and Atlas to better share resources and more holistic assistance for New Yorkers affected by violence. ONS’ sister teams work with their network of residents and community leaders to ensure more New Yorkers have the agency and ability to define public safety directly for themselves. As such, ONS relies on residents’ experience and expertise as guiding principles and is committed to ensuring that historically disenfranchised communities have access to opportunities.

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Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP)  


MAP launched in July 2014 following a spike in shootings in some of the city’s public housing developments. Over the past six years, MAP has become an internationally recognized model for how residents co-create safety in their communities through innovative problem-solving. Its signature initiative NeighborhoodStat brings together residents, community stakeholders, and city agency representatives to identify and solve public safety and quality of life issues. Residents take the lead in safety realization  efforts through partnerships with community organizations and various City agencies, including the Police Department, Parks Department, Department of Aging, NYCHA, and the Department of Sanitation.

Partnerships with local organizations also provide unique opportunities for residents, including the Summer Youth Employment Program that provides guaranteed jobs for hundreds of youth. Community infrastructure improvements and unused space activation projects have also improved residents’ shared physical space. As a result, MAP sites across the city have experienced substantive drops in crime over the last five years, as compared to similar sites without the program. John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center (JJREC) has conducted analyses of MAP program effectiveness. According to researchers, index crime complaints in MAP developments — the most significant crimes tracked by the New York City Police Department — are down 7% over the last six years, versus a small increase of 1% in comparable non-MAP sites.

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Office to Prevent Gun Violence (OPGV)  


OPGV launched in 2017 and works to address gun violence through a shift in social norms and the work of community members in mediating disputes to prevent shootings. The core component of OPGV’s work is through the Crisis Management System (CMS), which deploys teams of credible messengers — community members whose backgrounds allow them to connect with and motivate at-risk individuals — to 22 sites where they mediate conflicts on the street and New Yorkers to services that can create peace and support healing. These include a year round employment program, mental health services, trauma counseling, and other opportunity-centered resources.

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Atlas began initial on-the-ground operations in the summer of 2020, with significant program expansion scheduled for 2021. Named for both the collection of maps and the mythic strongman who held the world on his shoulders, Atlas acknowledges the crucial role that neighborhood connections play in lifting up its members. Atlas seeks to address the risks and needs of individuals released pretrial on their own recognizance who are at heightened risk of future victimization or justice-system involvement. The program offers participants therapeutic services to address past trauma; mentorship, education and employment opportunities; and entry into supportive community networks.

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