David M. Kennedy directed the Boston Gun Project, whose “Operation Ceasefire” intervention was responsible for a more than sixty per cent reduction in youth homicide
victimization and won the Ford Foundation Innovations in Government award; the Herman Goldstein International Award for Problem Oriented Policing, and the International
Association of Chiefs of Police Webber Seavey Award.
He developed the “High Point” drug market elimination strategy, which also won an Innovations in Government Award. He helped design and field the Justice Department’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative, the Treasury Department’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Market Intervention Program.
He is the co-chair of the National Network for Safe Communities, which includes more than 50 jurisdictions including Portland, Oregon, and is dedicated to reducing crime, reducing incarceration, and addressing the racial conflict associated with traditional crime policy. 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 articles on public safety issues. His next book, Don’t Shoot, will be published by Bloomsbury in the fall of 2011.