The Neighborhood Policing Initiative
The Neighborhood Policing Initiative — modeled on the Neighborhood Policing Structure in New York City — is designed to create a true community policing structure that provides for accountability, problem-solving capabilities, and increased contact between police officers and neighborhood residents.
Transitioning to this new model will help to ensure that officers have the capacity and resources necessary to implement the decisions that residents and police officials make about policing practices and priorities in the district.
The neighborhood policing model has two core components:
First, patrol assignments and deployment practices in each district will be restructured to ensure that officers assigned to a particular sector remain in the sector, enabling them to truly get to know the neighborhood they patrol, and build meaningful relationships within it. At the same time, some officers previously assigned to specialized units will be reassigned to patrol, which will increase the number of officers in each sector and provide all officers uncommitted time in which to engage in relationship-building and problem-solving within the neighborhoods they serve.
Second, each district will establish a community partner program in which community volunteers orient new officers to the neighborhood in which they will work and help to facilitate collaboration between CPD and the community on an ongoing basis. This program, and much of NPI, will be spearheaded by special Neighborhood Coordinating Officers (NCOs) in each district.