Step 6: Application Review
Safe Communities America, Inc. is the
non-profit, coordinating and accrediting
organization for Safe Communities in
the United States.


When your application is submitted, and the initial review for completeness is finished, the application will be submitted to three reviewers. Two of the reviewers will be part of the Safe Communities America Network, while the third will be a representative of a Safe Community from outside the US. 

The review process typically takes six to eight weeks.  During that period the reviewers will evaluate the contents of the application to ensure that your coalition is substantial and active, that you have the support of community leaders and partner organizations, and that your coalition has access to community injury data and is using that data to prioritize, implement, and evaluate injury prevention projects. The reviewers may ask questions, request additional information, and suggest changes or updates to your application during the review process. 

The review process isn't a simple, "approved" or "disapproved" process. The reviewers will discuss the application among themselves and with the Safe Communities Support Center. If they believe that your community has failed to meet one or more of the criteria, you will have an opportunity to address any issues that were identified by the reviewers and to update your application. The goal is not to prevent communities from becoming accredited but rather to insure that communities that are accredited are able to fully implement the Safe Communities model.