Title: Community Policing in Seattle: A Model Partnership Between Citizens and Police

Citation: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20531: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1992, August.

Keywords; Citizen and Community Partnership, Crime Prevention, Comprehensive Community Policing

The article describes how a National Institute of Justice grant funded a research project for the Seattle Police Department to prevent crime in South Seattle.

More specifically, this grant was to conduct a descriptive research project on an area know as Rainer Valley for crime prevention through community policing. This area had failed to sustain economic pace and new construction declined. The report discusses the innovative and combined participation among citizens, business leaders, city council members, legislators, and the police in the formation of a proactive community policing program. The article defines how the Seattle Police Department united different segments in their community to reverse the problems of drug trafficking, graffiti, and street crimes. Particular attention was devoted to crime prevention, targeting problem areas, crime control aides, and gaining broader participation within the community. Relevant findings for this program were that community policing teams and traditional officers must work together to handle all problems that occur. Community policing can actually promote unity among residents and community policing officers. It is crucial that police officers are able to think independently in order to handle diverse and dynamic problems that arise between the police and the community.