Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC to Help Identify Policing Standouts

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC to Help Identify Policing Standouts

Article excerpt

NLC has been selected as a grantee for a project on public safety, funded through the Justice Department's National Institute of Justice, which will focus on ways to search for innovations in community policing.

"The timing is perfect!," said President Carolyn Long Banks. "What a wonderful way to complete my year as President by actually continuing my agenda of rethinking public safety. By scanning for the best-of-the-best in community policing, NLC will be able to recognize the individuals, agencies and citizens who have had a positive impact on the safety of their communities."

NLC Executive Director Don Borut said, "by bringing together NLC's existing network of members and state municipal leagues, combined with our expertise in awarding innovation, we've developed a real match. What's even more significant is that the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice realize this as well - NLC is well positioned to be a valuable resource to them now and in the future."

Background

In a recent call for proposals, the National Institute of Justice, within the U.S. Department of Justice, was looking for techniques to scan for innovations in community policing. With NLC President Carolyn Long Banks "Rethinking Public Safety" agenda in mind, NLC responded to NIJ's request by proposing a new program - "Scanning for Innovation: The National League of Cities Search for Excellence in Community Policing Programs." The proposal included a request for $274,000 to fund the 15 month project.

The purpose of this new program is twofold: 1) to keep mayors, city managers, city council members and local law enforcement officials informed and up-to-date regarding the latest improvements and initiatives in community policing and problem-solving approaches so they can support or implement similar activities in their cities; and 2) to provide NLJ and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services with information about promising new practices and programs that may be considered for further and intensified evaluation. …

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