In 2014, the White House announced that Boston would be the site of a CVE pilot program. Los Angeles and Minneapolis were also designated pilot cities. In February 2015, an overall framework for CVE in Massachusetts was developed and published by a collaborative of participants convened by the US Attorney’s Office of MA. This included both government and non-govermental participants, which you can see in Appendix A at tinyurl.com/BostonCVEFramework.
In 2016, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) granted CVE funds through what was called the “PEACE [Promoting Engagement, Acceptance and Community Empowerment] Project” to three Boston area non-profit organizations. You can read each of their grant applications below, received through public records requests.
Department of Homeland Security Grants
In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security awarded 26 grants across the country, totaling $10 million, including two in Massachusetts.
Youth and Police Initiative Plus – a collaboration between The Police Foundation, The North American Family Institute, The Boston Police Department, and the Somali Community and Cultural Association.
- Project description starts on page 30.
- “A key tenant of the training is that underneath the antipathy and mistrust youth have for police, there is also a curious attraction to their power and ability to use it. They are enticed by their capacity to carry weapons, their loyalty, and almost gang-like dress code. As they progress through the training, youth make personal connections to participating officers, experiencing the cognitive dissonance that accompanies change.”
The New Freedoms Intervention – proposed by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for the Department of Corrections.
CVE pamphlet (2)