Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study
This, of course, is an interesting extension of the idea of community mobiliz- ers. It not only expands the number of community mobilizers, it stands in opposition to the traditional idea of “sweeps” and special units to deal with either neighborhood “flare-ups” or prolonged worsening of neighborhood problems.
The CPD continues to orient itself towards community policing department- wide. Sgt. Estelle Young, along with Chief Charles Austin, the primary ad- vocate and a mainstay of community policing in Columbia, has been pro- moted to the position of inspector and is now responsible directly to Chief Austin. In that position she will oversee the implementation of community policing citywide. Moreover, the department has been reorganized with the patrol division being moved into the community policing bureau. To facili- tate this shift in strategy, the CPD is now planning extensive in-service training of all patrol officers in problem-solving and community policing. Moreover, plans are to more closely integrate the investigative function into community policing with a focus on investigators working with patrol officers in preventing crime and solving neighborhood problems.
Finally, based on the success of the first Koban (neighborhood police station) in Gonzales Gardens Homes, a second Koban has been opened in Henley Homes. Funds for this second Koban have been provided by the Eisenhower Foundation. Some of the achievements in Gonzales Gardens include an af- ter-school tutorial program that has grown from 14 to over 100 students (37 of whom are now on their schools’ honor roles); standing room only atten- dance at community meetings; the involvement of 44 neighborhood volun- teers; the availability of computers for students; and a recreation program for youths.
Columbia is not just a city of neighborhoods, it is a city in which neighbor- hoods are well organized and a city in which neighborhoods have organized into a viable citywide organization. The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods (CNN) continues to meet on a regular basis. In April, Columbia officials are planning another neighborhood summit, the purpose of which is to consoli- date neighborhood participation in anti-crime activities. These neighborhood
summits are considered important by gether and keep informed a broad base ers.
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