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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

Overview

Columbia, South Carolina’s Comprehensive Communities Program is based upon the city’s philosophy of “people helping people” through close collabora- tion among governmental organizations, representative neighborhood groups, private agencies, and churches. Although governmental agencies are closely linked and the administrative agency for CCP is the city’s Planning Depart- ment, the lead operative agency in CCP is the Columbia Police Department. At the heart of Columbia’s program are three “community mobilizers.” These police officers operate out of community-based offices and link police, other city government agencies, social service agencies, and citizen volunteers with citizens who are either experiencing serious neighborhood problems or cre- ating them—problems associated with disorder, fear, serious crime, and the quality of life in Columbia’s neighborhoods.

This case study of Columbia’s CCP program was written as a result of site visits made to various CCP programs and interviews with CCP participants

between January, 1996 BOTEC’s CCP Coalition

and March, 1997.

It also incorporates

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data from as well as

information phone calls participants

contained in federal and local documents were made during December, 1997 and in order to write the epilogue.

and reports. Follow-up January, 1998, to key

BOTEC Analysis Corporation

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