The city of Saginaw has seen violent crime increase to more than four times the national average. There are three major street gangs who are responsible for many of these acts, including a 2016 ten-week period of retaliatory violence which resulted in six homicides and 18 persons shot. Research has shown that restoring trust, improving cooperation, and engaging in police-community problem solving partnerships are key to violence reduction efforts. The Saginaw Police Department plans to implement front porch roll calls in Saginaw neighborhoods and utilize a victim services specialist, offender notification meetings, and video surveillance technology to reduce violent crime. This multi-pronged approach will be known as the Saginaw Initiative to Reduce Violence (SIRV).