Danville receives national recognition for gang prevention efforts

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The City of Danville has been recognized in its efforts to prevent gang violence.

Earlier in August, the city was recognized with a “Spirit” award at the annual International Gang Specialist Training Conference in Chicago.

The award brings attention to “promising initiatives in gang prevention, gang intervention and gang counseling.”

“It was an honor to receive the award. It says a lot about the work we are doing in Danville.”

Robert David, Danville’s Youth Services and Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator

Police Chief Scott Booth joined Robert David at the conference in presenting the city’s strategies in the book both men co-authored, “Bigger than Black and Blue: Candid Conversations on Race, Equity and Community Collaborations.”

The book breaks down Booth and David’s perspectives on relationships between the African American community and law enforcement in Danville.

At the conference, both men highlighted how community policing and intervention efforts in Danville complement one another, with residents, civic organizations, and government agencies operating together and in ways that go beyond traditional policing.”

“Community collaboration and buy-in are important,” says David. “When everyone buys in and is willing to have those tough conversations that you need to have, then it humanizes everyone. There is no special language you have to have to treat each other with respect.”

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