Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study
specialized training is not very “sexy” or something about which one can be- come especially excited. Likewise, while absolutely essential, revising per- sonnel systems (including evaluation and promotional procedures) hardly
captures public or professional imagination.
changing personnel evaluation and place, will be years down the path.
Finally, the full impact
By contrast, the story of these three community mobilizers—officers Angel Cruz, Milton Frederick, and John Sloan—is immediate and inherently inter- esting. Moreover, the city, the CPD, and the officers/mobilizers are proud of what they are doing and their accomplishments. Their activities range from running rap sessions in the schools, to addressing street problems (e.g. aban- doned cars and illegal car repairs) and traditional “hazards” (e.g. abandoned buildings), speaking at schools and community meetings, training other po- lice departments, training and certifying young girls as baby sitters, working on other youth employment issues, managing traffic problems, sponsoring and/or coaching athletic activities (including cheerleading), developing legal clinics, organizing community clean-ups, and dealing with loitering, break- ins, and neighborhood drug problems. Despite its length, even this list is in- complete.
Several aspects of the community mobilizers’ activities and function particu-
larly stand out.
standing in the They have made
community, a conscious
especially with effort to concen-
trate on younger children, feeling enhanced over the long haul. This
that the possibilities of success would be strategy seems to be working because they
have a "following" among youth, school, and anecdotes of children them their passing grades (told school officials as well) abound.
their offices are crowded with youths after bringing report cards to the officers to show not only by mobilizers but by housing and
Second, it is not too strong to say that affection characterizes the relationship between mobilizers and community leaders. In each case, the obvious ease and intimacy of the relationship between mobilizers and adult citizens is im- pressive.
Third, the community mobilizers seem to enjoy regular and sustained con- tacts with school, housing, church, and recreational officials. Indeed, the “ad hoc” contacts, and the apparent quality of those contacts around specific problems appears to grow out of long-standing collaborative relationships. It is not clear at this time, however, whether the same relationship has or will develop among mobilizers and social service providers brought into the loop with CCP funding. Finally, while each community mobilizer has developed a
different “style,” each collaborates styles are given in detail below.
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