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Comprehensive Communities Program

The Comprehensive Communities Program (CCP), a demonstration program run by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), was funded for only one year. It was a comprehensive, community-based crime control and prevention program that promoted the involvement of local and state governments, the private sector, and neighborhoods in addressing violent crime, drug abuse, and the quality of life in communities.

In 1994, BJA awarded CCP grants ranging from $1.5 million to $2.2 million to 16 jurisdictions. Subsequently, the COPS Office entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with BJA to fund the community policing component of CCP grants in 10 of the 16 sites. Each site received $1 million to increase the number of police officers on the beat, provide more effective community policing training, and encourage the development and implementation of innovative community policing programs and new technologies to promote crime-prevention activities.

The COPS Office's role in the program included coordinating community policing-related budget clearances with the Office of the Comptroller, conducting occasional site visits to examine community policing activities, participating in BJA-sponsored conferences bringing together site representatives, and attending monthly Comprehensive Communities Program-Technical Assistance (CCP-TA) Providers Consortium meetings. The COPS Office was also involved in planning a national conference in June 1998 for all CCP sites to evaluate the program and determine next steps. Conference participants included political leaders (mayors, city managers, and city council members) from the CCP sites, CCP coordinators, law enforcement executives, community leaders, and representatives from city agencies and service providers.

COPS funded sites in Phoenix, AZ; California East Bay Corridor Partnership; Washington, D.C.; Wichita, KS; Boston, MA; Omaha, NE; Columbia, SC; Ft. Worth, TX; and Seattle, WA.