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 U.S. Newswire July 25, 2001 Wednesday

Arizona Police Department Acknowledged in COPS Office Report

WASHINGTON, DC – The innovative partnership that the Glendale Police Department, Arizona developed with their local community is highlighted in a new Justice Department publication on community policing. The partnership was developed to engage the Glendale community to fight auto theft. Police – community partnerships are a core component of community policing.

A new report entitled, "Problem-Solving Partnerships: Including the Community for a Change," was recently released by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. In this publication, seven police agencies – including the Glendale Police Department – were selected from more than 400 agencies across the country. The Justice Department report identifies this successful partnership as a model for other police departments across the nation.

Glendale police used calls for service and incident data coupled with victim surveys to analyze the causes of their auto theft problem. They narrowed their focus to one complex after discovering that 51% of the cars stolen disappeared from that complex between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. By mobilizing property managers, residential and business communities, they experienced a 50% drop in auto thefts at the target apartment complex.

Promising law enforcement practices of the top seven model cities are posted on the COPS home page at www.cops.usdoj.gov. For more information, please call the COPS office at 202-616-1728.