On February 1, 2022, the City of Mobile launched Operation Echo Stop in an effort to reduce gun violence within our community. Operation Echo Stop was named in concert with the effort to reduce the sound of gunfire, heard too often throughout our city and in other communities nationwide.
The City of Mobile has initiated a unique and diverse strategy to combat gun violence, unlike any others across the country, namely consisting of four key components or "corners" of the operation.
All four components of the operation are required, and without any one of them Operation Echo Stop will not succeed. Inversely, in and of themselves, no one corner of this operation can reduce gun violence in a meaningful way. The approach requires cooperation of law enforcement, the community and civic leaders across the city. It is not simply an operation that law enforcement launched, it is an undertaking where success will be driven by effective participation.
Our community can interact and become involved in making Mobile the safest city with respect for everyone. The overall success of this operation will be assessed over the course of the next 3-5 years with an outcome-driven model designed around a reduction of gun violence and an improved perception of safety within the City of Mobile. That said, Operation Echo Stop is designed around the urgency of impeding violence and improving perception.
As a part of Operation Echo Stop, the Youth Violence Prevention "Community Days" are events designed to strengthen the family structure. They take place in areas most affected by violent crime in the City of Mobile. The overall approach is to take available services from the four areas listed below to the families that need them most.
Through this approach, we can identify where families are struggling the most and meet that need in order to further facilitate intervention and prevention strategies that are specifically designed to address the risk factors associated with pre-delinquent/violent risk behavior. Most importantly, we aim to build relationships and connect families to the services available.
It Takes All of Us Event
After the Event: It Takes All of Us
Community Days Event at Baumhauer-Randle Park
Youth Violence Prevention in Mobile through Community Days