The Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) is dedicated to reducing crime and increasing neighborhood safety through a collaborative communitywide approach and assist with the development and implementation of community-wide crime reduction goals, and work directly with City departments, concerned citizens, and partner organizations to identify and connect individuals to support.
The Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement will focus on:
Identifying and engaging individuals at the highest risk of participating in or being a victim of violent crime,
Connecting them to comprehensive support services, and
Providing an "off-ramp" for individuals to pursue positive growth and development opportunities.
Once fully staffed, the ONSE team will work with the community to develop and sustain a citywide network of violence prevention and intervention services and track the community's progress toward reducing crime and increasing neighborhood safety.
The Savannah City Council approved $1 million in 2022 funding to support the city's neighborhood safety and engagement initiative. These funds will provide community grants to organizations to support credible messengers, violence interrupters, conflict management, out-of-school activities, youth sports, counseling and mentoring activities that engage the most vulnerable youth in alternatives to violence and crime.