116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Group Violence Intervention (GVI) is a comprehensive, evidence-based, life-saving violence reduction strategy that brings community members together with law enforcement and social service providers to focus an antiviolence message on highly active street groups. GVI combines the best of law enforcement and community-driven approaches to improve public safety, minimize arrests and incarceration, and foster police-community reconciliation.
Panelists include: Paul David Smith, Director of Reconciliation, National Network For Safe Communities; Laurie Owen, associate director of GVI; Kaitlin Emrich, Linn County Public Health. Moderated by Rachel Rockwell, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.
This session was part of the 2020 Iowa Ideas Conference presented by ITC and held Oct. 15-16, 2020. This session orginally occurred at 9:45-10:45 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2020. The two-day conference hosted by The Gazette brings together policy makers, experts and community members passionate about the state's future. For more replays, visit