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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

South but in other regions of the country as well only 30 years ago. Yet the officer was popular and worked with community residents to deal with their problems. The working collegiality and mutual respect of these two men is a heartening sign of the potential of community policing for extending visions and possibilities within communities.

It appears the greatest problem with the community mobilizers at the pres- ent time is their limited number. According to project officials, more and more communities are demanding current mobilizers’ services or the assign- ment of new mobilizers. Angel Cruz, for example, is spread thin because of the sheer geographical size of his area. It remains to be seen whether his re- cruitment and use of volunteers can spread CCP activities through his terri- tory more adequately. More broadly, will it be possible for volunteers alone to answer the communities’ demands for service?

An interesting question, although not yet a problem, is that of community

mobilizers’ role sequestered to

and status. Are they primarily police officers who have been

special

neighborhood

assignments?

Or

are

they

primarily

community

organizers

who

by

happenstance

are

police

officers?

Either

way,

how can it be assured that they truly are in the communities’ needs, rather than in neighborhoods

communities to serve the to organize parochial sup-

port for police department goals? The issue of how positions should be staffed was recognized early as

the community mobilizer an important one by Co-

lumbia’s CCP staff. staff leaned towards

Originally, based on the experiences getting professional social workers into

in Hartford, the the mobilizer po-

sitions.

Chief

Austin,

however,

believed

strongly

that

the

community

mobi-

lizers should be idea ultimately comments.

police, and urged triumphed. This

that CCP staff share his point of issue will be raised again in the

view. This concluding

Organization for Community Input and Service Delivery

In Columbia it is particularly difficult to demarcate which program compo- nents are community policing, which are community mobilization, and which affect social service delivery. Indeed, the community mobilizers, as we have seen, are police officers involved in a community policing initiative and yet are obviously involved in mobilizing the community. The lines become more blurred when CCP service delivery is added.

Columbia’s approach to service delivery appears to be driven by several needs. First, like most cities, expansion of governmental agencies to provide social services is no longer a fiscal option. Second, social service needs exist

in the target provided by

neighborhoods that existing agencies.

are outside the range of traditional The question that Columbia CCP

services officials

faced was whether existing agencies, given increased funding, could be ted” to deal with specific problems in new ways In other words, could

“refit- tradi-

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