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    House Document No. 95

    Document Title
    "HotSpot" Communities

    Virginia State Crime Commission

    Enabling Authority
    HJR 503 (Regular Session, 1999)

    Executive Summary
    In 1999, the Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 503 (Appendix A) directing the Virginia State Crime Commission to do a study of Maryland's "HotSpot" Communities initiative. The study evolved due to legislative questions regarding the applicability of such a program in Virginia.


    The Crime Commission Found:

    • The Maryland initiative is in 35 communities all of which had high crime rates prior to the initiative.

    • Maryland will allocate $10.5 million in state and federal funds over the next three years to the communities for collaborative crime control and prevention plans.

    • Virginia has had several state or federal initiatives similar to "HotSpot" Communities in recent years including, Anti-Crime Partnerships, Weed and Seed Programs and the New Partnership Commission.

    • Some Virginia localities are currently initiating similar coordinated crime control programs, including the City of Richmond's "Blitz to Bloom" project.

    • There are several other similar initiatives in other states, which could also be effective in Virginia.


    Based on these findings, the Crime Commission recommended:

    • The Virginia State Crime Commission continues to examine the potential applicability of a "HotSpot" Communities model as part of the Senate Joint Resolution 240 Study of Organized Crime, Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering.