Statewide Director


phone: (203) 314-9460 

Brent Peterkin is the Statewide Director for Project Longevity, a Connecticut based initiative that marshals law enforcement agencies and communities to focus on serious violence, reducing arrests, direct support and social service coordination along with opportunities for a genuine and sustained fellowship that is oriented towards collective efficacy and social impact. The Project Longevity strategy is based on the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) model designed by John Jay College of Criminal Justice's National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) and is also known as focused deterrence or ceasefire. Thus far the core efforts of Project Longevity’s work has resulted in the reduction of street group perpetrated gun violence by over 50 percent which amongst other things is attributed to direct engagement with individuals viewed as most likely to become victims or perpetrators of gun violence. The program's best practices have been recognized nationally and internationally for its violence reduction and strategic coordination efforts. 


Peterkin believes that communities become safer when they center their focus on the assemblage and rigorous implementation of strategies that join communities and actors in the criminal justice system to create synergy, symbiosis, and social organization. In doing so, it is possible to achieve a sustainable collective impact that directly benefits communities that are affected by gun violence. Peterkin serves on the Governor's Youth and Urban Violence Commission, is a co-chair of the Bridgeport Mayor's Initiative for Reentry Affairs, and a board member of EMERGE, CT Against Gun Violence (CAGV), and the Phoenix Association. Previously, Peterkin served as a policy fellow in the Office of the Governor working in support of the Office of Early Childhood where he focused on parent engagement and fatherhood development. He also worked with a Yale University based global anti- poverty initiative and supported at-risk high school students with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities in Yonkers, New York. Peterkin studied public policy and public administration, nonprofit leadership, and social impact strategy at Fordham University, Northwestern University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Peterkin's commitment to social change has led to his recognition as an honoree of Connecticut Magazine's 40 Under 40: Class of 2017 and a 100 Men of Color 2017 Honoree.

The Value of a Chance | Brent Peterkin | TEDxManchesterHighSchool

Brent Peterkin discusses the need for inmates to redefine their self-concept in order to be successful post incarceration and for society to be willing to offer a second chance.

Gun Safety, It's Up to US 

Sponsored by: Democratic Women of Westport, Westport League of Women Voters, The Interfaith Clergy Association of Westport and Weston

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Sponsored by: Democratic Women of Westport, Westport League of Women Voters, The Interfaith Clergy Association of Westport and Weston

National Network for Safe Communities 

Highlights from the National Network's 2015 annual conference, featuring practitioners on what NNSC and our community of practice means to them.

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