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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

Sustainability

Columbia has produced a draft “Sustainment Action Plan” under the direc- tion of Marshell Johnson, with a steering committee that includes most of the major players (governmental officials, neighborhood leaders, heads of impor-

tant plan

service agencies, schools, reads like a realistic and

the religious community, and others).

The

straightforward

attempt

to

ensure

continua-

tion of CCP philosophy and program coordination.

The document is available

and there tainment

is little reason to replicate it here, other than to Action Plan specifies a three-pronged approach

note that the Sus- in the immediate

future: continued progress three current mobilizers in up efforts to increase social

in community policing, a commitment to keep the place to further mobilization efforts, and stepped service programs in the BJA- mandated areas.

Columbia’s commitment to community policing appears to be complete. Im- plementation was initiated prior to CCP funding, it seems doubtless that it will continue, and sustainability is not really a question. However, the role of the community mobilizers, or how their functions will be carried out be-

yond the immediate future, is not entirely clear.

The Sustainment Plan sug-

gests that police and city officials will be studying ways of transferring mobi- lizer functions to community police officers. How well this will work remains a basic question. Given the enormous impression mobilizers have made in their communities, even if they are simply replaced or move on, they will be a hard act to follow. It will also be interesting to see if their roles can be solidi- fied on a broader basis. And, if the role is indeed a transitional one, in which their work tested the outer limits of community policing, there are more

pressing properly handled

questions:

Which of

police

functions?

Are

either

by

volunteers

or

the current functions of the mobilizers are there functions of the mobilizers that can be by community organizations? To what extent

can some of the current functions of mobilizers, through volunteers or community organizations,

that cannot be be incorporated

handled into the

community policing function? Certainly, there are additional training, but, the above seem to be the most fundamental.

issues,

such

as

The city’s strategy of bringing traditional social service agencies to the table with neighborhoods with an idea of those agencies “refitting” themselves to neighborhood needs is an interesting approach but, potentially unsustain- able. Preliminarily, at least, the drug court seems to have a future as a per- manent court function. Other agencies seem to be on the verge of “refitting” to incorporate new functions and service, but for them the jury is still out.

Finally, a corollary of the sustainability issue is the question of what benefits CCP funding brought to Columbia, if any. Would Columbia look much differ- ent right now, or would Columbia look much different in the future, if CCP

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