Author: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative Rural Roundtable V: Developing Structures for Community Engagement

Publication Date: March 2024

The Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) provides resources to rural and tribal jurisdictions seeking to address specific crime problems. RVCRI-funded sites utilize a multi-disciplinary team to identify and prioritize crime challenges and specific places and populations to direct grant resources. While unique to each site, crime reduction approaches include a mix of evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies. This session, part of an ongoing peer networking series, began with a presentation by LISC staff on developing structures for authentic community outreach and engagement strategies. The second portion of the event included brief project descriptions and updates by a select number of RVCRI grantees, providing the opportunity for peer engagement and discussion.


  • LeVar Michael, Senior Program Officer, LISC Safety & Justice
  • Chief Matt Sampson & Lt. Anthony Escalante, Marysville (KS) Police Department
  • Justin Burch, President & CEO, Washington County Economic Alliance & Delta Compass, Greenville (MS)


  • John A. Connelly, Senior Program Officer, LISC Safety & Justice


Community Engagement