About OVP Kickback Events
Kickback events provide a safe space for residents, and help raise awareness of violence prevention and intervention resources.
The St. Louis Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) hosts The OVP Kickback each month in priority neighborhoods around the City of St. Louis. At OVP Kickback events, City residents can enjoy free food, music, entertainment, arts and crafts, and obtain free gun safety resources and information about secure gun storage.
OVP partners with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and Be SMART, an Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund program.
Kickback events are hosted in neighborhoods around the City that OVP is prioritizing for violence prevention. Past events have been held in:
- Gravois Park
- Mt. Pleasant
- Columbus Square
- Fountain Park
NOBLE (The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives)
Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county, and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners. For more information, visit www.NOBLENational.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter.
Be SMART for Kids (“Be SMART”), a program of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, helps parents and other adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries, youth suicide, and gunfire on school grounds. The program encourages parents and adults to:
- Secure all guns in their home and vehicles
- Model responsible behavior around guns
- Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes
- Recognize the role of guns in suicide
- Tell your peers to be SMART
For more information on secure firearm storage and the most effective ways to protect children from unsecured firearms, visit BeSMARTforkids.org. Additional information about unintentional shootings by children can be found here, facts and resources about child gun suicide can be found here, and information about gunfire on school grounds can be found here.
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