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 U.S. Newswire July 25, 2001 Wednesday

California Police Department Acknowledged in COPS Office Report

WASHINGTON, DC – The innovative partnership that the Chula Vista Police Department, California developed with their community is highlighted in a new Justice Department publication on community policing. The partnership was developed to engage the Chula Vista community to fight residential burglary. 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 Chula Vista 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.

Chula Vista police worked with hundreds of residents and performed an exhaustive analysis of more than 1,000 residential burglary reports. After analyzing over 1000 reports and conducting 250 surveys of victims, the department determined that burglarized homes had fewer deterrents such as window locks and dead bolts. This work resulted in the development of a Letter of Agreement between the Police Department and the main housing development companies in the area to ensure that new housing met forced entry standards.

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

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