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Community Safety Plan

Goal:  Increase The Perception Of Public Safety
Increase the perception of public safety by working to develop quality neighborhoods and business districts.

1.  Expansion of Community Problem Oriented Policing
Promote an understanding of the community problem-oriented policing concept throughout the community and in all units of the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

Measures

  • Development and delivery of a public education program on the expansion of community problem-oriented policing to the community
  • Development and delivery of training on the expansion of the community policing concept to all members of the Police Department
  • Development of a continuing education component on community policing
  • Development of baseline data on the perception of community safety through the administration of a Police district survey to all 12 patrol districts and a community survey developed and administered by the Gallup organization
  • Increased perception of safety as measured through surveys
  • Reduction in crime and victimization, measured annually
  • Rating on perception of safety as measured by survey

Collaborations

  • City government
  • Entire community
  • Regional Community Policing Institute

2.  Neighborhood Capacity Building
Develop strategies to build neighborhood and commercial district capacity and accountability through training and technical assistance.

Measures

  • Development and delivery of problem-solving training for neighborhoods
  • Development of GIS training and accessibility for neighborhoods - Including City government columns in neighborhood newsletters - Number of neighborhood associations started with City assistance, measured annually
  • Number of neighborhoods canvasses conducted by the Fire and Police Departments in fragile or threatened neighborhoods to identify public safety concerns such as inadequately posted addresses, lack of smoke detectors, non-criminal activity, vacant lots and locations where there are perceived code violations.
  • Number of initiatives in which Fire and Police use the fire code to create a safe environment in a public location.

Collaborations

  • City government
  • Entire community
  • Regional Community Policing Institute

3.  Neighborhood Action Teams
Implement the Neighborhood Action Team concept in designated neighborhoods and business districts.

Measures

  • Development of criteria for use of Neighborhood Action Teams
  • Formation and training of team members in 2000
  • Setting of objectives and development of work plans for each team in 2000.
  • Number of Neighborhood Action Teams meeting their stated objectives for 2000.
  • Annual reduction in crime in the targeted neighborhoods
  • Improvement in the Quality of Life Index ratings in the target neighborhoods measured biannually

Collaborations

  • City key business units
  • Citizens in target neighborhoods or commercial districts
  • Other public and private service providers


4.  Physical Appearance of Neighborhoods
Develop strategies to enhance the livability of neighborhoods by improving their physical appearance.

Measures

  • Development of a Neighborhood Cleanliness Index during calendar year 2000 that defines neighborhood cleanliness and standards for the delivery of City service delivery
  • Number of neighborhoods whose Quality of Life Index rating on cleanliness either improves or remains stable, measured biannually

Collaborations

  • City key business units including Solid Waste Services, Neighborhood Development, Police and Fire
  • Citizens in target neighborhoods

5.  Nuisance Locations
Reduce the number of nuisance locations in neighborhoods and business corridors through a variety of problem-solving initiatives.

Measures

  • Implementation of Nuisance Remedy program in Weed and Seed target neighborhoods
  • Number of nuisances abated through Nuisance Remedy Program, ABC initiatives, and Community Problem Oriented Policing Projects during 2000
  • Number of neighborhoods where citizens have taken an active part in nuisance abatement during 1999/2000

Collaborations

  • All City departments
  • Citizens throughout the community
  •  ABC and ALE
  • Other State and Federal agencies
  • District Attorney 
  • Courts