Frederic GreenSAVANNAH, GA (April 7, 2016) – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has welcomed an Outreach Coordinator to the “End Gun Violence: Step Forward” team and has named a new non-profit lead agency to provide services those wishing to put an end to their life of crime.

Frederic Green, a Savannah native, was hired in February 2016. As the Outreach Coordinator Green will coordinate with End Gun Violence partner agencies, social service providers, faith-based agencies and community members to create a unique support structure to members of gangs and groups who are the focus of group violence intervention. He is available around the clock to talk to group members about available support services and he provides a nurturing and direct line of communication to all group members, as long as needed.

Green earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Savannah State University in 2014 and graduated from St. Leo’s University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion with a minor in Psychology. He was a Social Services Provider for Georgia Regional Hospital, he holds a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention certification, and is a graduate of the CARES 11 Academy where he became a certified Addictions Recovery and Empowerment Specialist.

Green is able to relate to people the End Gun Violence initiative is trying to reach. “When I was a teenager I began using and selling drugs. After serving five years prison I knew I wanted to turn my life around,” Green said. I was able to do it because there were people who offered me help and resources to get a job and get my degree. I feel very fortunate that now I can be the one to reach out to others to help them improve their lives and denounce crime.”

Green is working closely with Project Manager Dr. Maxine Bryant. Dr. Bryant coordinates all the social services, law enforcement resources and community outreach programs.

The_Salvation_Army.svgThe SCMPD has also selected The Salvation Army as the non-profit, lead agency to provide job training, temporary housing, education assistance, peer support, counseling, and many more services for anyone who desires to reject a life of violence and improve their lives. The Salvation Army will work closely with Green and Dr. Bryant.

“The Salvation Army of Savannah has a long history of successfully working with persons who are transitioning from incarceration, many of whom have been involved with group and gun violence,” said Dr. Bryant. “Both the population they serve and the services they offer make The Salvation Army an ideal lead agency for End Gun Violence”.

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The Savannah-Chatham initiative to End Gun Violence: Step Forward is an approach that targets the most violent groups and gangs members who are responsible for a majority of the shootings and homicides in our community. This approach tells gang and group members to lay down their weapons. It also gives them the option to seek help from community organizations to receive counseling, job training, and other services to help turn their lives around.

End Gun Violence: Step Forward is a partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, community organizations, neighborhood associations, the City of Savannah, the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and others.

For more information visit http://savannahpd.org/EndGunViolence