Title: Blueprint for policing-Community Partnerships

Citation: Berger, W. B., Mertes, L., Graham, A. (1994). Police Chief, 61 (5), 20, 22-25

Keywords: Community Policing Programs, Project Description, Evaluations

The authors describe the development, structure, and operations of the North Miami Beach Police Department’s community policing program. Even though the North Miami Police had some type of community policing program in the mid 1980’s, it was not until 1989 that a modernized, dynamic community policing program was initiated. The new police chief, William Berger, envisioned a community policing program that would create a partnership between the community, private sector, and the police department. This partnership could better resolve neighborhood problems and improve the quality of life in the city. The Community Patrol Unit (CPU) was restaffed and revamped, with its methodology formalized into a separate standard operating procedure. This new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) charged the CPU with maintaining an ongoing awareness of the community needs and enhanced the quality life for those who lived and worked in the community. The CPU officers were in charge of maintaining liaison with the city residents and merchants, identify and resolve community problems. Other duties included designing and implementing innovative projects that address quality-of-life issues. To date the CPU has developed and implemented 23 innovative programs designed to improve the community’s quality of life. Community policing and problem-oriented policing have been successful in identifying and resolving community problems in North Miami Beach.