Here at St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission, we work to reduce violent crime in the region by promoting and advocating for coordinated, well-resourced policies, support systems, and interventions among area governments, institutions and agencies that serve individuals and families most at risk of violent crime. We are a regional, cross-sector collaboration.
Role: To align, convene, communicate and connect the organizations addressing Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction.
Goal: A reduction in gun related crimes, injuries, and deaths throughout the St. Louis Region focusing on high-risk youth.
Vision: VPC envisions a St. Louis region where communities enjoy quiet nights and the sounds of children playing during the days. A St. Louis that is a safe and desirable destination for businesses and residents. A St. Louis in which all community members feel protected and served by law enforcement and empowered to have a voice in important regional issues.
Our Values & Guiding Principles
Racial Equity Focus: We demonstrate a commitment to violence prevention solutions that address racial inequity and systemic/structural racism
Respect: We respect everyone in the community, valuing all cultures and recognizing strengths, needs, and aspirations without judgment.
Integrity: We use the highest standards of ethics and professionalism to maintain integrity and build community trust through honesty and commitment.
Data + Results Driven: We are committed to a transparent, data-driven process, including community feedback, actionable data, and evolving priorities, that results in measurable improvements/outcomes.
Community Engagement + Inclusion: Through intentional inclusion, engagement, and empowerment, we foster a culture of equity that respects and values the contributions of every individual toward a safe community.
Systems level change + regional shared plan: We achieve systemic change and policy solutions locally and within a regionally shared plan to reduce and prevent violence.
Resources: We collaborate regionally, coordinate existing resources, and develop new resources to achieve our shared vision.
A comprehensive approach to violence prevention and reduction must include promotion, prevention, and intervention. Here are ways to get involved across the spectrum.
Choose Your Level of Engagement- Each level of engagement can support one or more of the VPC Action Plan Objectives.
VPC Objective 1: Improve community level response to nonfatal shooting
VPC Objective 2: Advance trauma-informed and evidence-based violence prevention practices in community, systems, and service delivery
VPC Objective 3: Activate communities to strengthen police legitimacy