What is SafeGrowth®?
The SafeGrowth® ideology is one which redefines the twenty-first century city as a place where cohesive groups of community change agents cooperate to improve public safety and move toward a more vibrant urban landscape.
As a designated SafeGrowth® Advocate, Places In Progress offers comprehensive training and hands-on technical assistance to municipalities, police departments, community groups and neighborhood residents on the tenets of SafeGrowth® and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
Places In Progress offers multi-day SafeGrowth® trainings that work to unite local stakeholders around the central goal of eliminating crime. Equally important is the public's perception of their own safety, separate from the presence of actual crime hot spots. We address both of these topics in depth by engaging residents and stakeholders in a hands-on learning experience that emphasizes community-led interventions and real-life problem solving.
While SafeGrowth® trainings offer a response to persistent issues of public safety, our hands-on consulting gives clients an opportunity to be proactive in preventing crime. This can include plan reviews for new buildings, community engagament and more. When possible, these consultations involve other members of the SafeGrowth® network, bringing decades of experience to the table and from all around the world.
Four Tenets of SafeGrowth®
Participatory design is the underpinning to any effective planning and development process. In action-based practice, any and all research that strays from this ideology and is not clearly and effectively corroborated with street-level data is illegitimate.
Cities operate as a collection of neighborhoods. As such, we as community development practitioners must facilitate processes that promote a strong sense of connectivity between decision makers and their constituencies. This allows for the agenda to be written from the bottom up, allowing small pockets of marginalized populations to amplify their voice.
Activating neighborhood takes a macro-view of the social ecology of cities. By coordinating between neighborhood groups and other community-based organizations, we ensure that decisions affecting these locales are not made for residents, but with and by residents.
For neighborhoods to truly solve their own problems of crime and safety, they must have access to and knowledge of the technologies and programs that have proven successful in this work. Current systems include the following:
1st and 2nd Generation CPTED
Community mapping technologies
Collaborative partnerships and problem-solving teams for rapid response to problems like outbreaks of gang violence and crime hotspots