Mayor Allender Participating In White House Roundtable on Crime & Violence Intervention Programs
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender is in Washington D.C. on Tuesday at the invitation of President Joe Biden to discuss crime and community-based violence intervention programs. He will be joining a small number of other mayors, community and law enforcement officers in this round table discussion on Wednesday.
“This is a great opportunity for the sharing of ideas and to present to President Biden and other officials from around the country our approaches to addressing crime through community-based violence intervention programs,” said Mayor Allender. “The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs heard about Rapid City and our unique approach to these issues.”
Mayor Allender was selected to participate in the discussion because of his background as a former police officer, police chief, and now mayor of Rapid City.
“I look forward to representing Rapid City and our citizens to share our perspectives, strategies and goals in addressing some important and timely issues with President Biden,” said Allender.
The mayor plans to share information at the round table discussion highlighting the work of the Rapid City Police Department, which include the work of the Quality of Life Unit, Homeless Street Outreach and Victims Services, the Collecitve Healing Initiative, the Collaborative Youth Outreach Team, partnerships with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the U.S Attorney’s Office and Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force; as well as implementing the Handle with Care Initiative in partnership with the Rapid City Area Schools, Box Elder School District, and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
He also will share information on local law enforcement’s use of a Community Based Crime Reduction Grant to address violent crime and build trust within the community.