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Location730 Center StreetRacine, WI 53403
1750 Mead Street
1522 W. 6th Street
1140 Geneva Street
1900 16th Street
2437 Anthony Lane
The focus of Community Oriented Policing is problem solving. POLICE WILL STILL RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES. However, many calls to the police are not police related and are more effectively handled by other agencies. As the number of non-emergency calls decrease, benefits to citizens increase.
In 1996 the city of Racine Police Department embraced the idea community policing.
Rather than saturating a high crime area with officers they took a new approach, they moved in, literally. With the help of some State funding and a partnership with the Racine Community Outpost they were able to either purchase and rehab older homes in the area or in some cases build them new. The idea was to set an example for the neighborhood.
The purpose of the program is to provide a way of long term stabilization to the neighborhood by:
The COP Houses have often lead to an improvement with property maintenance, reduced crime rates, better community relationships between neighbors, and the police.
In some cases crime has been reduced by up to 70 percent, which is one of the primary criteria for where a COP house is located.
The criteria for establishing a COP is based on in part the following criteria:
Being assigned to a COP house is a sought after position. With only a few positions available among the over 200 sworn officers. Officers must demonstrate their communication and problem solving skills. The position is one that is labor intensive requiring long hours but is also rewarding as the officer can focus on helping the neighborhood surrounding and seeing the difference they make in the community every day.
The COP houses also offer more than just a Police Department Outpost, providing a positive and structured environment focused on learning. The police department provides the classroom and a computer lab, while the program provides everything from help with homework to arts and crafts. Volunteers provide their time to the program and the kids.
Some houses offer specialized programs based on their neighborhoods unique needs.
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