CITY OF TRENTON
MUNICIPAL PREVENTION POLICY BOARD
KICK-OFF MEETING
SUMMARY REPORT
Date ......................Tuesday August 4, 2009
Time .....................1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location ...............Office of the Mayor of Trenton
The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers – Camden
411 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
http://wrand.rutgers.edu
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I) WELCOMING REMARKS
Douglas H. Palmer, Mayor, City of Trenton
o Mayor Palmer welcomed the attendees and thanked them for their time.
o He articulated his strong belief in the mission of the Prevention Policy Board (PPB),
and its potential to effectuate lasting change in the lives of Trenton’s youth. If the
programs are successful, he is hoping that the state will continue the funding as well
as provide funds to other cities in the state.
o He is expressed that he supports the Governor’s Crime Plan as he is hopeful that it
will decrease juvenile crime and gang membership as well as decrease the truancy
rates.
II) OPENING REMARKS
Lisa Macaluso, Deputy Director of Crime Prevention, Office of the Attorney General
o Deputy Director Macaluso welcomed those in attendance and thanked them for their
commitment to serving Trenton’s youth.
o Ms. Macaluso provided an overview of Governor Corzine’s three-pronged Strategy for
Safe Streets and Neighborhoods: Law Enforcement, Reentry, and Prevention.
PPB’s Organizational Structure
Each of the six cities will develop a Prevention Planning Board and Municipal Advisory
Council via existing structures. The Municipal Advisory Council should consist of all
services part of the municipality’s prevention system. This larger advisory group would meet
bi-annually, with its main function to share information between it and the PPB and viceversa.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will provide support for the work in the following
forms:
o Staff Support-The Walter Rand Institute at Rutgers-Camden has assigned the
PPB a project manager, Tracy Swan, who will be responsible for day to day
operations of the project and serve as the primary contact person; a research
assistant, Kristin Curtis, and graduate student project assistants, whose initial
responsibility will be to collect and synthesize data into a cohesive form to
create a picture of risk and protective factors relevant for Trenton. Gwendolyn
Harris, Associate Director of the WRI will supervise the overall effort by the
Institute.
o Training- each PPB will be trained on Results-Based Accountability through
consultants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This training will provide
the Board with the tools to move its members from talk to action.
o Funding- There may be some funding available to the six municipalities to
help in implementing its defined strategies.
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The Guiding Principals underlying the Prevention Strategy are:
o Multi-Level Collaboration: Thorough prevention planning needs to occur across
all levels of government, and not exclusively held at only one level of
government. There is a state level interagency group coordinated by the OAG
that will be focusing on these same issues.
o Community Empowerment: Provide support for local government by creating a
system out of a host of different programs that are already in existence. OAG will
also make available support for the prevention work by providing training for
local Boards, staff to the Boards, and processes for system enhancement.
o Solutions-Oriented Use of Data:
o Data, not people, are the primary drivers of programs.
o Data levels the playing field; everyone has equal opportunity to interpret the
data
o Government should, and must, follow through from planning to
implementation to results; data will help check if results are being achieved.
o Accountability and Transparency:
o Programs must be accountable to ensure outcomes are achieved.
o Board participants must be transparent to each other and users.
PPB’s Goal is for all of its Board participants to have the same understanding of what its
municipality’s prevention system is.
o In order for a system of crime prevention to be successful, each of its parts must
understand what the system is. If preventing crime and encouraging the wellbeing of young people is the ultimate goal, each stakeholder must be on the same
page.
PPBs will engage in systems management by examining the current array of programs
and services in its municipality to identify service gaps and duplications. It is crucial that
this be a City-County partnership since a majority of the State prevention dollars are
funneled through the counties to individual municipalities.
The Prevention Policy Board has two overarching tasks:
o Creating or enhancing a prevention system from the current array of
existing programs
o Using Network Analysis, the PPB will map out what its municipality’s current
prevention system looks like. This will allow individual PPB participants to
add value to their current work by better understanding the work of others.
This process will also aide programs and services in analyzing their individual
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agencies, their missions, their partners, and how they connect to other
systems.
o Network Analysis will also allow all PPB participants to better understand
where services overlap and where there are gaps in services. It is here that the
opportunity exists for the system to be enhanced into a more comprehensive
and functional entity.
o The Network Analysis will start with the PPB participants and then branch out
to map other prevention programs and services serving the municipality.
o Describe the municipality through juvenile risk and protective factors
o This snapshot will help to get PPB participants on the same page with what
their municipality looks like today in terms of the risks and protections youth
are exposed to currently in that municipality.
o Based on this snapshot, PPBs will determine and prioritize its desired
outcomes. Then, the PPBs will develop strategies to reach these defined
outcomes, assign specific work to implement these strategies (may be
assigned to participants of the PPB and/or may be assigned to other groups in
the community who are already working on the identified outcomes), and
finally, track outcomes.
o This is a results driven process not a report driven one.
III) OPEN DIALOGUE
Brian Hughes, Mercer County Executive
o County Executive Hughes thanked everyone present for their commitment to
improving the lives of at-risk juveniles, and extended the support of his office to the
Board.
Chair Marygrace Billek, Director, Mercer County Health and Human Services
Department
Chair Irving Bradley Jr., Director, Trenton Police Department
Chair Carolyn Lewis-Spruill, Director, Trenton Health and Human Services
Department
o Each of the above-named chairs thanked everyone for their commitment to the Board.
They also each stated that this is groundbreaking and exciting work. Further, they
reiterated the need to communicate with one another on a regular basis.
Barry Colicelli, YouthStat Coordinator
o Mr. Colicelli stated that he was looking forward to having the YouthStat Advisory
Group provide data and information to the Board.
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IV) NEXT STEPS
o The Chairs will reach out to the members of the Board with the next scheduled Board
meeting (most likely after Labor Day).
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411 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
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Attendance and Contact Information
Last Name
First
Name
Title
Organization/group
Telephone No.
Amantia
Brian
Captain
Trenton Police
609-989-3375
Billek
Marygrace
Director
Mercer County - DHS
609-989-6526
Bradley
Irv
Director
Trenton Police Department
609-989-4055
Colicelli
Barry J.
Youth State
Coordinator
City of Trenton - Youth Stat
609-310-0200
Condit
Henry
Youth Worker Mentor
Juvenile Alert
609-743-0494 (M)
609-392-1977 (H)
Cosmo
Alex
Project Assistant
Walter Rand Institute,
Rutgers-Camden
856-225-6259
Curtis
Kristin
Research Associate
Walter Rand Institute,
Rutgers-Camden
856-225-6236
Harr
Sean
Probation Supervisor
Mercer County Probation
609-571-4448
The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers – Camden
411 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
http://wrand.rutgers.edu
Mailing
Address
225 N.
Clinton Ave.
Trenton, NJ
08609
640 South
Broad St.
Trenton, NJ
08625
225 North
Clinton
Avenue
Trenton, NJ
08609
319 E. State
St.
Trenton, NJ
08609
1109 Revere
Ave.
Trenton, NJ
08629
411 Cooper
Street
Camden NJ
08102
411 Cooper
Street
Camden NJ
08102
175 S. Broad
Street
Trenton, NJ
08625
Email
[email protected]
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Last Name
First
Name
Title
Organization/group
Telephone No.
Harris
Gwendolyn
Associate Director
Walter Rand Institute,
Rutgers-Camden
856-225-6268
Hughes
Brian
Mercer County
Executive
Mercer County
609-989-3518
Jones
Charles R.
Area Director
DYFS
609-777-2007
Judkins
Evon
Statewide Alliance
Coordinator
GCADA
609-777-1829
Ken
Director
Rutgers T.E.E.M Gateway/ YES
Center
973-919-9896
Krause
Lois
Law Enforcement
Social Services
Liaison
Trenton Police
609-989-4094
Lewis-Spruill
Carolyn
City of Trenton-DHS
609-989-3332
Macaluso
Lisa
Office of the Attorney General
609-577-2571
Karamichael
Director
Deputy Director of
Crime Prevention
The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers – Camden
411 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
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Mailing
Address
411 Cooper
Street
Camden NJ
08102
640 South
Broad St.
PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ
08650
50 E. State
St., 5th Floor
PO Box 717
Trenton, NJ
08625
135 W.
Hanover St.
PO Box 345
Trenton, NJ
08625
102 Ryokus
Lane
New
Brunswick, NJ
08901
225 N.
Clinton Ave.
Trenton, NJ
08609
319 E. State.
St.
Trenton, NJ
08608
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Last Name
First
Name
Title
Organization/group
Telephone No.
Melvin
Kayra
Coordinator
City of Trenton- MOET
609-815-2195
Morris
Flyod
President
Children's Futures
609-695-1977
Morton
Bryan
Project Assistant
Walter Rand Institute,
Rutgers-Camden
856-225-6259
Palmer
Douglas
Mayor
City of Trenton
609-989-3030
Rogers
Jason
Fathers & Men United for a
Better Trenton
695-0393
635-4069
Starlo
Justice
Pastor
Swan
Tracy
Project Manager
Walter Rand Institute,
Rutgers-Camden
856-225-6705
Taylor
Robert
Acting Chief, Division
of Youth Services
Mercer County -DHS
609-278-4845
Weatington
David
Assistant
Superintendent
Trenton Public Schools
609-656-4900
Ext. 5739
609-638-88811
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411 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
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Mailing
Address
319 E. State
St., Rm. 23
Trenton, NJ
08608
28 W. State
St.
Trenton, NJ
08608
411 Cooper
Street
Camden NJ
08102
319 E. State
Street
Trenton, NJ
08608
PO Box 23065
Trenton, NJ
08607
131 Perry St.
Trenton, NJ
08619
411 Cooper
Street
Camden NJ
640 South
Broad St.
Trenton, NJ
08611
108 N.
Clinton Ave.
Trenton, NJ
08603
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Last Name
First
Name
Title
Organization/group
Telephone No.
Weaver
Monica L.
Provost & Dean
Mercer County Community
College
609-570-3161
Young
William
Coordinator-School
Support Services
Trenton Board of Education
609-656-4671
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411 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
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Address
PO Box B
Trenton, NJ
929 Parkside
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Trenton NJ
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I) Welcoming Remarks - Trenton Prevention Policy Board