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The Aiken Safe Communities Approach
Agency: City of Aiken (South Carolina) Police Department
Year: 2015 Semifinalist
Contact: Director Charles D. Barranco - cbarranco [at] cityofaikensc.gov

After a series of particularly violent crimes, including two separate shooting deaths of public safety officers while on duty, this department launched a proactive, community-based strategy to reduce violent crime and recidivism. The focused deterrence approach includes five steps 1) selecting a particular crime problem, 2) convening an inter-agency working group, 3) developing a response to offenders using a variety of sanctions, 4) focusing social services and community resources on target offenders, and 5) directly and continually communicating with offenders. After a full year of applying this approach, achievement indicators show a decrease of 86 percent for murder, 17.5 percent for robbery and 12.5 percent for burglary. These results contribute to a reduction in overall reported violent crime in the city. The implementation and application of the strategy allows staff to network with subject matter experts and peers around the country, staying updated on best practices, techniques and resources.

Crime Reduction Manual
Agency: Federal Intelligence (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Department
Year: 2015 Finalist
Contact: Captain Ahmed Saleh Alzaroni - nigelross49 [at] gmail.com

This small department with federal supervisory responsibility for a large geographical area and thousands of staff faced a big problem: a rise in serious crime. Many solutions were considered, but they were too expensive or were not capable of being embedded into the organization’s daily business. The aim of this project is to reduce serious crime by freeing up resources through strategic management of all crimes, but particularly volume crimes. Criminal investigations are developed and managed from an organizational stance, while promoting quality and effectiveness of law enforcement. The manual highlight five key elements, including the distribution of crime reports, which are separated into three categories: check fraud, top 10 crimes by volume, and serious crimes. Effectiveness is continuously monitored and reviewed. Since the standards took effect, serious crime numbers were reduced by 17.79 percent. This model can be replicated in any medium to large organization.

ACTION Strategy Initiative
Agency: Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) Police Service
Year: 2014 Winner
Contact: Inspector W. Scott Rastin - srastin [at] hamiltonpolice.on.ca

Several studies concluded this city had potential, but there was a need to restore safety and security in the downtown core, which had become a hot spot for violent crime. Analysis revealed that officers continued to encounter repeat offenders and at-risk individuals. To develop alternative options to arrest, an evaluation was conducted into internal and external factors and stakeholders. Provincial and federal government grants provided the revenue to implement a crime prevention strategy in a city with very tight budget restrictions. Highly visible officers on foot and bike addressed violent crime and disorder issues. Uniformed volunteer auxiliary officers were deployed in the core for over 1,400 hours. The police service also worked with several partners to develop a street-level proactive wrap-around social service solution to help break the cycle of arrests. The strategy has led to a decrease in crime and an increase in the perception of safety and security. The downtown area is already in the process of revitalization.

Heroes United
Agency: Las Vegas (Nevada) Metropolitan Police Department
Year: 2015 Semifinalist
Contact: Sergeant Phil Merges - P7542M [at] lvmpd.com

One area in this division’s jurisdiction was overrun with illegal narcotics and gang shootings. The neighborhood, which had the highest firearm density statistics in the valley, was unique in that it was made up of 82 individually owned 4-plex buildings. Prior efforts to maintain lasting change using traditional outreach methods had failed. Now law enforcement, the community, and other groups came together to reduce crime, build partnerships and improve living conditions. The project united the owners of the privately owned buildings and multiple community events were hosted for residents and children. Since the project’s start, there has been an obvious reduction in calls for service and officers spend less time in this neighborhood, freeing them to respond to other calls for service. An unanticipated result is that the rest of the community can see the officers more and feel protected. There has also been an increase in property values, and parents are comfortable letting their children play outside.

Organized Retail Crime Initiative
Agency: Leesburg (Virginia) Police Department
Year: 2015 Winner
Contact: Captain Carl Maupin Phone - cmaupin [at] leesburgva.gov

Using evidence-based policing practices, this department identified an increase in organized retail crime that had been hidden within their statistical data. Hot spot analysis and a survey of retailers at outlets showed not only a consistent presence of shoplifting offenses that were not reported due to corporate policies but also losses far exceeding those reported to law enforcement. A three-prong approach was used to combat the trend. Strategies included high visibility patrols, victim education and interdiction operations. Each emphasized a unique approach to established law enforcement practices. Officers completed foot and mobile patrols, making eye contact and greeting people. Since implementation, there has been a sustained reduction in organized retail crime and an increase in proactive reporting of shoplifting offenses and associated losses. The department enjoys increased legitimacy and collaboration with retailers. The initiative has been expanded to become part of daily operations for other crimes.

Property Crime Initiative
Agency: New Castle County (Deleware) Division of Police
Year: 2015 Semifinalist
Contact: Captain Pat Crowell - PCrowell [at] nccde.org

After this agency changed to a proactive response to quality of life crimes, reductions in overall crime were impressive. However, property-related crimes continued to plague the community. This initiative was developed to further change the culture and response of the agency, resulting in reductions of property crimes. Officers give these crimes a higher priority, using enhanced analytic and forecasting software. Specialized training and equipment is provided to selected patrol officers who are now property crime specialists. A special investigations squad allows detectives to proactively investigate potential suspects and surveil areas impacted by these crimes. Police and prosecutors work together to review arrests to ensure proper prosecution or mandated rehabilitation is provided to the suspect. In one year, the initiative has reduced property crimes by 29 percent, resulting in 1,400 less citizens who became victims. The initiative continues to decrease crime, improve public satisfaction, and was accomplished within budget.

Intelligence Led Policing
Agency: San Diego (California) Sheriff's Department
Year: 2014 Semifinalist
Contact: Captain Todd E. Frank - todd.frank [at] sdsheriff.org

After a series of particularly violent crimes, including two separate shooting deaths of public safety officers while on duty, this department launched a proactive, community-based strategy to reduce violent crime and recidivism. The focused deterrence approach includes five steps 1) selecting a particular crime problem, 2) convening an inter-agency working group, 3) developing a response to offenders using a variety of sanctions, 4) focusing social services and community resources on target offenders, and 5) directly and continually communicating with offenders. After a full year of applying this approach, achievement indicators show a decrease of 86 percent for murder, 17.5 percent for robbery and 12.5 percent for burglary. These results contribute to a reduction in overall reported violent crime in the city. The implementation and application of the strategy allows staff to network with subject matter experts and peers around the country, staying updated on best practices, techniques and resources.


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