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In addition to central police stations, police work can be done from smaller substations or Kobans, a residential substation model developed in Japan. As a form of community policing, some departments have police officers work in small buildings located within neighborhoods and business districts. While CSI encourages careful consideration of the costs and benefits of this approach for specific communities, many neighborhoods have found that substations allow officers to keep watch, respond to emergencies and interact with citizens on a more intimate basis.  There are also select departments that have seen value in having police officers live within housing developments offering low or no cost housing options in order to have an off duty police presence in areas combating criminal and nuisance activity. 


Resurgence of the Waverly Neighborhood - Columbia, SC

Partners: Columbia Housing Development Corporation (CHDC), TN Development Corporation, and Columbia Police Department

The historic Waverly neighborhood is the oldest African-American community in Columbia, South Carolina. By the 1990s, the once prosperous area MORE...

Operation Cocoa Cleanup - Cocoa, FL 

Partners: Homes for Independence Inc. & City of Cocoa Police Department

Operation Cocoa Cleanup is a community-police partnership formed to address severe crime conditions at Crestview Villas condominium complex. Thirty-eight percent of units MORE...

Care Fresno - Fresno, CA

Partners: Care Fresno and Fresno Police Department 

Care Fresno was created by a partnership between the Fresno Police Department, local churches, businesses and apartment complex owners, all of whom were distressed by MORE...

Downtown/Mid-City Housing Initiative - North Little Rock, AR

Partners: Argenta CDC & North Little Rock Police Department

In response to the rising gang and drug activity in downtown North Little Rock during the late 1980s and early 1990s, residents and property owners organized the Argenta Community Development MORE...