Friday, February 16, 2007

Community Policing Best Practices

On March 15, 2006 the United States Conference of Mayors produced Best Practices of Community Policing in Gang Intervention and Gang Violence Prevention. The publication examines various approaches mayors and police departments are implementing to provide gang intervention and awareness.

In partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) and the Department of Justice, this work represents the initiatives to reverse the trend of violence in communities through the continual spreading of gangs throughout our nation. Some of the programs highlighted in this publication, which show the extent of gang activity nationwide include:

  • Albany, NY
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Boston, MA
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Honolulu, HA
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Miami, FL
  • Providence, RI
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Yonkers, NY
Programs initiated through these and other cities emphasized in the document include:
  • Junior Cadet Program
  • Teen Court
  • Gang Liaison Program
  • Neighborhood Crime Watch
  • Gang Resistance is Paramount (GRIP)
  • Gang Awareness Training Education (GATE)
  • Gang Vigilance Efforts
  • Cease-Fire
Sections from each cities program include objectives of the program, funding, effectiveness, contact information and lessons learned.

The gang culture and the violence associated with it continues to present a serious threat to the schools and communities across America. Law enforcement, private security, government officials, families and educators must continue to work collaboratively and creatively to take back our communities and schools from the toxic combination of gangs, guns and drugs.


U.S. Conference of Mayors
Community Policing Documents
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