CRY FOR CHANGE


The Knoxville Police Department Crime Analysis Unit conducted a violent crime study within the City of Knoxville from 2011 to 2013. The study showed a 4.95% increase in crimes against persons involving a weapon from 2011 to 2012, and a 4.63% decrease from 2012 to 2013. Murder with a firearm increased 40% from 2011 to 2013, and the number of black offenders using a firearm to commit murder increased 140%. There were 18 murders in both 2011 and 2012, and 19 in 2013.

The offenders are getting younger. In 2013, 42% of the murders committed with a firearm were committed by offenders between the ages of 18 and 24. In 2012, 22% of murders committed with a firearm were committed by persons between 18 to 24 years old. Ninety percent of the murders committed with a firearm in 2012 were black offenders shooting black victims. The buffer zone map on page six represents a 3.25 mile radius around The Change Center located in the heart of the inter-city area. Within a five year period (2011-2015), an astounding 76% of all homicides occurred within the buffer zone.

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Within a five year period (2011-2015), an astounding 76% of all homicides occurred within the 3.25 buffer zone of the Change Center.

The Buffer Zone

The Change Center was birthed out of the Save Our Sons Initiative under Mayor Rogero

 
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The buffer zone represents a 3.25 mile radius around The Change Center located in the heart of the intercity area. Within a five year period (2011-2015), an astounding 76% of all homicides occurred within the buffer zone. A firearm was used to commit 85% of the homicides that occurred in the buffer zone during the five year period.

The Change Center was birthed out of the Save Our Sons Initiative under Mayor Rogero, which focuses on reducing violence-related deaths and increasing opportunities for success among boys and young men of color.

 

 

WE'RE PURSUING CHANGE

The Change Center is a safe, strategically located, center-city partnership facility that provides relational, recreational, leadership development, and job initiatives for teens and young adults.


Together we can make a greater impact

The City of Knoxville, Knoxville Police Department, and several local companies and organizations have committed to becoming Champions of Change, but we can't do it without your help.

 
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Safe Recreational Place
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Entrepreneurial Mentorship
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Change Center Jobs Initiative
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Birthday & Special Event Space