The Department of Justice recently released a report that describes the Anaheim Police Department as a model for community and government collaboration.
“Anaheim has become a facilitator of community dialog by connecting residents and other community stakeholders, including schools, businesses, and faith-based and nonprofit organizations,” says the DOJ’s “Advancing Community Policing Through Community Governance: A Framework Document.”
The report, authored by DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing, describes the emerging trend of top government officials relying on the community and others to assist with problem solving. The results include a more transparent government that stresses accountability and responsiveness, the report says.
APD is featured as an “example from the field” in the 66-page report. Read the case study on pages 32-36.
“Community governance breaks down organizational and communal barriers by enlisting everyone to work together in solving problems in neighborhoods,” said Capt. Joe Reiss, who heads the Special Operations division.