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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

Finally, the peer mediation program, after completing their training in twenty schools, was identified as an exemplary peer mediation program “model” by the South Carolina State Department of Education and was high- lighted on “The Neilsen Report” on SC ETV. Facilitators have been asked to make presentations at seven statewide educational meetings.

Synergistic Effects of CCP

As indicated in the case, Columbia is one of the smallest cities among the

CCP sites. Moreover, it is a well organized city: neighborhood have joined in a mature city-wide council of neighborhoods

standing relationship with governmental agencies. joint efforts between city government and community

Thus, the organizers

associations and have a tradition of was well es-

tablished bly most cies such

when CCP was initiated. The synergetic impact of CCP was proba- notably felt in the community mobilizer program where city agen- has housing, schools, and planning were able to concentrate their

joint more

efforts on troubled and troublesome families in public housing and, recently, in private housing as well. We suspect that the joint activities

of

police,

school,

and

housing

officials,

concentrated

through

the

office

of

the

mobilizer,

had

considerably

more

impact

than

each

of

the

organizations

indi-

vidually.

Moreover, inner city churches—primarily

, but not exclusively African-

American—have become major partners with city government in neighbor- hood reclamation, especially in housing and youth work. Although the work with churches was not funded by CCP, the capacity to coordinate perfected during CCP by the city planning department allowed for closer integration of city activities with church efforts in neighborhoods. Again, we believe that these joint efforts had more of an impact than uncoordinated enterprises would have.

In sum, even in a city that was well organized with a tradition of collabora- tion among city agencies, churches, and citizen groups, CCP seemed to offer additional opportunities to experiment with new approaches to joint activi- ties, especially in the community mobilizer program. It should be noted that this was collaboration on the line—that is in the provision of direct services to youths and troubled families.

Sustainment of CCP in Columbia

Community policing continues to be developed and the CPD appears to be organizing itself strategy;

in a systematic

fashion

in accord with

such a

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