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The Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities

On September 27, 2018, Mayor Kenney issued an urgent “Call to Action” mandating that his Cabinet and senior leadership develop within 100 days a plan for how to dramatically reduce the killings and shootings in Philadelphia.

In response to this Call to Action, a comprehensive plan was created establishing a strategy for gun violence prevention and to reduce the rising gun violence rates, entitled The Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities. This plan takes a public health approach to violence that uses science and data to better understand the problem. This approach also allows us to develop strategies to address the underlying factors that contribute to the violence in our communities, not the least of which is pervasive poverty.

On April 14, 2021 The City of Philadelphia released its 2021 Update to the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities 5-year gun violence reduction plan. The Spring 2021 update to the Roadmap was informed by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, activism following the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police, rising gun violence in Philadelphia and across the country, and our nation’s reckoning with decades of systemic racism.

Name Description Released Format
Spring 2021 Update: Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities PDF The Spring 2021 update to the Roadmap was informed by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, activism following the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police, and our nation’s reckoning with decades of systemic racism. April 14, 2021
Spring 2021 Update to the Roadmap: Presentation PDF A presentation outlining some of the key updates to the Roadmap to Safer Communities as part of the Spring 2021 update. April 14, 2021
The Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities PDF The Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities includes recommendations to dramatically reduce shootings and homicides in the city over the next five years. January 25, 2019
The Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities – Executive Summary PDF An executive summary of the report's vision and key recommendations. January 17, 2019

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