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Safe streets are critical to Building Sustainable Communities. With this understanding, CSI helps to establish problem-solving partnerships among law enforcement, community developers, residents, business owners and members of other neighborhood institutions. Yet real partnerships that go beyond basic information-sharing to spur strategic collective action are often hard earned, particularly in light of resource constraints and deep issues of distrust between communities and police that sabotage collaboration.

CSI helps neighborhoods confront these challenges by cross-training community developers and officers to create common language, bridge gaps across institutional cultures and help people break the bonds of traditional roles. CSI then creates a structure for police and communities to do things together - often to tackle hot spots that have not yielded to prior crime control efforts. They jointly develop common workplans and hold each other accountable for implementation. This ensures that organizing efforts, development projects and enforcement operations yield tangible, synergistic results: crime reduction that promotes community cohesion and development, and community-driven revitalization projects that promote crime reduction.

CSI efforts span a broad range of projects, including targeted property acquisitions informed by community and police identification of crime hot spots, offender reentry initiatives to short-circuit the cycle of recidivism, use of trusted community organizations to enlist at-risk youth in crime prevention efforts, park renovations and programming to create vibrant public spaces.  Critical to success is partnerships’ ability to engage a range of city and nonprofit agencies in crime reduction efforts.  Through LISC’s support, community-based organizations catalyze physical change in high-crime environments to create lasting symbols of real community-police collaboration.



The resources below represent successful CSI strategies from around the country



Partnering to Build out of Crime: HomeSight and the Seattle Police Department 

Community developers, policymakers and law enforcement agencies will be interested to learn how HomeSight, a CDC, integrated safety work to harness a greater investment MORE...


Crime-Fighting Partnerships: How to Leverage the Capacity to Community Developers

This study highlights the experience of police personnel from three jurisdictions, Tacoma, Washington; Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina; and Providence, Rhode Island, to MORE...


Developer + Police = Results

This safety tool diagrams how community developers and police personnel can collaborate on development projects in ways that are mutually beneficial. The tool MORE...


A Blade of Grass Cuts Through Stone: Helping Rebuild Urban Neighborhoods Through Unconventional Police-Community Partnerships

This article proposes mixing community policing and community development with the objective of having economic development and community safety mechanisms MORE...


Understanding Crime Displacement: A Guide for Community Development Practitioners

The idea that crime will automatically relocate in the aftermath of community development initiatives (CDIs) is perhaps one of the most commonly held beliefs among MORE...


Using Asset and Liability Mapping to Promote, Pursue and Improve Public Safety

This case study describes a project conducted in the Greater Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI that used mapping and data analysis to guide a comprehensive public MORE...