Wall Street Journal Publishes VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir’s Opinion on Lessons for Law Enforcement From Baltimore

In opining that “Justice must trump politics”, Commissioner Safir sets forth that “Despite recent headlines, cities are no longer in crisis from out-of-control-crime.” and that “This isn’t the time to abandon the tactics that have served so well. But it is time to modify them. This includes “Assertive policing”, “constitutionally compliant stop-and-frisk”, use of technology such as predictive policing software, body cameras and license plate readers to bring “capability and accountability” and “continuing to interrupt the sale of illegal guns, drugs and gang activity—responsible for 80% of crime in this country.”

Commissioner Safir further states that “policing is a calling” where the “men and women who police this country put their lives on the line every day”.

The opinion piece is available online by clicking here: Policing in the Aftermath of Baltimore’s Bungles or page A15 of the May 7th print edition of the Wall Street Journal.



VRI Presents Implementation Guidance to the Wilmington City Council and Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission.

VRI presented implementation guidance to the Wilmington City Council and Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission on April 14, 2015. News and links below.

VRI Presents Final Report to Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir presented a final report on March 31, 2015 to the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission (WPSSC) that was unanimously accepted and submitted to Delaware Governor Jack Markell. VRI was hired as expert consultants for their success in public safety strategies and violent crime reduction. Along with the Police Foundation VRI was tasked to complete and present a report to the Commission including recommendations to address the issues of Police Practices and Violent Crime Reduction in the City of Wilmington, DE

“This is not a report that sits on the shelf, but a strategic roadmap on how to reduce crime and violence in Wilmington” stated Safir. “What the police department needs to do, and what Chief Cummings is certainly open to, is using technology and developing the kind of investigators in a homicide and violent crime unit that will be able to reduce crime and solve violent homicides,”. Drawing further on his experience as Police Commissioner of NYPD and as a consultant to departments throughout the country, Safir also suggested developing a detective career track for cops in Wilmington as most police departments already have.

Governor Jack Markell released a written statement, “I commend the hard work of all of the members of the commission, including co-chairs Joe Bryant and Lew Schiliro, as well as the teams from the Police Foundation and Vigilant Resources International. All involved have displayed an extraordinary commitment to developing solutions to the violence plaguing Wilmington. Importantly, the findings and actionable recommendations presented today involved a thorough examination of data and current public safety practices, as well as a significant emphasis on community engagement to ensure Wilmingtonians had a strong voice in this report.

The report and further information about the work of the Commission can be found at the links below:


Commission Report: WPSSC Final Report 3_31_15


Time Publishes VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir’s Article on How Police Brutality is Inexcusable and Rare

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir states for Time Magazine that while widely reported incidents of police brutality are tragic, inexcusable and perpetrators of such acts must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, by every objective measure police departments are neither racist, brutal or out of control.




USA Today publishes VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir’s Editorial, “Invest in Fugitive Hunt”

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir’s opinion regarding the importance of federal, state and local governments investing in fugitive apprehension was published by USA Today this weekend. Commissioner Safir’s opinion states that fugitive cases are “the best cases to make” to bring justice and avoid tragedies, and gives specific ideas of how to counter startling gaps in fugitive apprehension with a more proactive, coordinated and technologically supported approach. Commissioner Safir’s article can be found online by clicking here.

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir appears on Katie Couric Show to discuss The Knockout Game

VRI Chairman and CEO Howard Safir appeared on the Katie show on January 10th to make clear to a national audience that the so-called “Knockout Game” is neither a game nor a trend, but cowardly acts of violence that must be prosecuted.

Commissioner Safir discussed with Ms. Couric that while assaults have been dramatically reduced over the last twenty-five years nationwide, we must remain vigilant in prosecuting them.

The video segment featuring Commissioner Safir can be found online by clicking here.

Safir: Appeals court decision to remove stop-and-frisk judge will keep New Yorkers safe

Reason prevails on stop-and-frisk.

The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a stay of Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision on stop-and-frisk and took the extraordinary step of removing her from the case.

This is not only a huge victory for Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, but most importantly a victory for the citizens of New York City.