What is Safe & Sound Hillsborough?

The Hillsborough County Community Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC or Collaborative) was created in the summer of 2013 as an initiative to transform the way local policy makers address violence. This initiative shifts policy from a public safety to a public health model and aligns community and professional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive prevention and intervention approach.

Our Vision

Working together to build strong families, safe schools and healthy neighborhoods.

 

Our Values

Violence is preventable.
Address the gaps to ensure all children and youth have nurturing and supportive families and communities.
Build on strengths of youth, families, professionals and community.
Promote the value of equity and ensure equal opportunities by investing resources where they will have the greatest impact and improving the infrastructure of neighborhoods where social problems have accumulated.
Focus on those at risk due to exposure to child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and community violence.

Our Goals

Support the Health and Well-Being of All Families
Cultivate a Connected Community
Improve Conditions in Neighborhoods Most Impacted by Violence
Coordinate Efforts to Maximize our Impact

How We Got Started

The Hillsborough County Community Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC or Collaborative) was created in the summer of 2013 as an initiative to transform the way local policy makers address violence. This initiative shifts policy from a public safety to a public health model and aligns community and professional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive prevention and intervention approach…

In the wake of protests that have expanded across the country and world-wide, including here in the Tampa Bay area as a result of the death of Mr. George Floyd and a community outcry to address racism, excessive use of force by law enforcement, criminal and systematic reform and to ensure their voices are heard, Safe & Sound Hillsborough facilitated a “Community Conversation” to address possible solutions and/or topics for future conversations.

Issues in the forum were broken into 5 main components:

  • Governmental Response
  • Law Enforcement & Community
  • Equality, Equity, Justice & Policy
  • Beyond Arrest: Juvenile & Criminal Justice System
  • Youth, Schools and Our Future

View a summary report from the community conversation held on June 6, 2020 with public/elected officials, law enforcement and community members by clicking the button below.

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