David Kennedy

Professor of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise

  • Gang violence
  • Focused deterrence
  • Problem-oriented policing
  • Community policing
  • Drug markets
  • Domestic violence

Key Findings


David Kennedy, Professor of Criminal Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is an expert in crime prevention, deterrence, problem-oriented policing, gang violence, drug markets, domestic violence and public safety issues.

Kennedy is the Director of the National Network for Safe Communities, where he supports cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities. He helped develop the High Point Drug Market Intervention strategy; the Justice Department’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative; the Treasury Department’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative; the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Market Intervention Program; and the High Point Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

He has been published in academic journals and is the author of Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction and Don’t Shoot, One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America as well as co-author of Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing.

Professor Kennedy received his B.A. in philosophy and history from Swarthmore College.

Follow David on Twitter: @DavidKennedyNYC

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