SHAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNT) – The Shawnee County Attorney’s Office has launched a new community violence reduction program, the Group Violence Intervention’s SAVE initiative. Lindsey Anderson has now entered the office as a project manager.
Shawnee County’s District Attorney Mike Kagay said the program has been implemented successfully in dozens of cities across the United States with positive results. It brings together members of the community, law enforcement agencies, and social service providers to connect with people identified as “at risk” to engage in crime.
Shawnee County’s Group Violence Intervention program is based on “Strategies Against Violence Everywhere” or “SAVE”. Kagay said it had five main efforts.
- Identify and focus on groups that can commit extreme acts of violence
- Get involved with these risk groups to prevent violence
- Assisting risk groups in obtaining the required social service
- Bridge the gaps between high risk groups and law enforcement agencies
- Provide comprehensive case management to people identified in risk groups to ensure they receive the support they need to avoid violent behavior.
Anderson is from Topeka and graduated from Topeka West High School. She graduated from Washburn University and Baker University. According to Kagay, she played a leading role in building and working with the community to develop SAVE.
“Lindsey is ambitious and enthusiastic about both this community and this initiative. Lindsey was a perfect fit for this position and I’m excited to see what she will bring to this community in this new role, ”said Kagay.