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Ambassador Programs


A number of commercial districts around the country have found that safety ambassadors - typically paid, trained civilians who assist with welcoming shoppers, reporting suspicious activity to authorities and maintaining cleanliness - can be helpful in addressing crime (through improved reporting and proactive communication with police) and improving perceptions of order and safety. The following resources describe successful ambassador programs in place around the country.


Community Alliance for a Safe Summer - Chicago, IL 

Partners: TARGET Area Development Corporation & Chicago Police Department

In 1995, Ambassadors for Christ Ministries created the TARGET (Teaching Area Residents in Gresham and Englewood to Take part in) Area Development Corporation in the Auburn Greshman and Englewood neighborhoods of MORE...

El Cajon CDC Community Enhancement Program - El Cajon, CA

Partners: El CDC and the El Cajon Police Department

In El Cajon, CA, El Cajon CDC and the El Cajon Police Department (CPD) forged a partnership in response to surveys that proved safe streets were key to successful revitalization. Their multi-tiered partnership ranged MORE...

Baltimore Ave Commercial Corridor Initiative - Philadelphia, PA 

Partners: University City District & University City District Police Substation

In 1997, the University of Pennsylvania attempted to respond to decades of abandonment of its surrounding neighborhoods by creating the University City District (UCD) with the help of about a dozen neighborhood nonprofits MORE...