From mayors, other elected officials, agency and department heads, police chiefs, and public health directors to superintendents, leaders can 1) catalyze and lead policy change, 2) ensure that financial and staffing resources are directed to preventing violence, helping to ensure efficacy and long-term sustainability, and 3) engage broader support through eliciting multiple partnerships between the public and private sector.


  • Moral commitment
  • High-level engagement and participation
  • Overarching vision that joins broad partners & constituencies
  • Language that leads to prevention strategies
  • Partnership that demands accountability
  • Long-term commitment & legacy mindset