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Community Policing (General)
My indictment of Chicago: "there are not many Scots, I am afraid."
Fort Worth’s initiative includes several key features: decentralized Neighborhood Policing Districts; a
special Neighborhood Police Officer in every beat whose time is dedicated to addressing the “root
causes” of neighborhood problems and to working with community residents; opportunities for citizen
participation in anti-crime surveillance through a popular Citizen’s-on-Patrol program; opportunities for
citizen input into neighborhood problem-solving through Community Advisory Committees; and, unique
social service programs that could serve as models for other cities.
In Seattle, the police department— with considerable public input—coordinated the development of an
overall program strategy and engaged other organizations to implement pieces of the Comprehensive
Communities Program. The consortium involved both city agencies and community-based
organizations. They received funding for a broad range of projects that meshed easily with the
established programs and organizational structures. Police used their share of CCP funds to support
a training program that featured the problem oriented strategies they planned to adopt, and to launch a
new citizen advisory group. A large percentage of the city’s CCP funds were committed to partner
agencies with whom the police have an expanding relationship. These funds extended the scope of
existing services to support one-time projects and to build organizational infrastructure. Both the police
and their partner agencies strove to develop CCP projects that would be sustainable within existing
resource constraints, or could be terminated without disruption.