Violence Prevention

The Department of Violence Prevention applies a public health approach to violence prevention focused on community-led intervention strategies to realize sustained safety and stability of the families and communities most-impacted by violence.

Upcoming Community Meetings & Events

Oakland DVP Town Hall Flyer
Mar 18, 2021

Oakland DVP Town Hall for East Oakland

Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention invites you to a Community Town Hall! Come and talk about violence prevention services in Oakland, what works and what could be better. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your feedback! Please register…

Oakland DVP Town Hall Flyer
Mar 11, 2021

Oakland DVP Community Town Hall for Central Oakland

Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention invites you to a Community Town Hall! Come and talk about violence prevention services in Oakland, what works and what could be better. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your feedback! Please register…

Family Support Town Hall Flyer
Mar 08, 2021

Family Support Focus Group

Family, friends, and loved ones who have been impacted by gun violence are invited to join us in a listening session with the DVP. Share your thoughts on services and resources that families need and how the DVP can better…

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Leadership

Guillermo Cespedes

Chief of Violence Prevention

Mr. Cespedes is a seasoned expert in domestic and international violence prevention. His early career began in Oakland, where for 18 years he worked with families at Eden Children’s Center in San Leandro, the Spanish Speaking Citizen’s Foundation in Fruitvale, Oakland Children’s Hospital, and Vista Community College. In 2000, Mr. Cespedes moved to Los Angeles where he co-founded Summer of Success (SOS), a gang violence reduction strategy in South Los Angeles. SOS was implemented for two consecutive summers, resulting in an 82% reduction in homicides the first summer, and 34% the second.

In 2007, the newly formed Los Angeles’s Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) incorporated the Summer of Success approach, renamed it Summer Night Lights and asked Mr. Cespedes to join the office, initially as director of the Summer Night Lights Program.

In 2009, he was appointed Deputy Mayor/Director of the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. In that role Mr. Cespedes co-authored the citywide comprehensive strategy that featured 16 approaches including: a family systems model of gang prevention; an incident response gang intervention and police response protocol; and a gang intervention training academy. In addition, Mr. Cespedes led the city in establishing evidence-based diagnostics and rigorous evaluations of its efforts. In 2012 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement with the City of LA/GRYD to export some of the practices co-authored by Mr. Cespedes while leading GRYD to Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Contact Us

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Department of Violence Prevention

Map image for Violence Prevention, located at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA 94612
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
4340
Oakland, CA 94612

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