Partnering Center


Community Problem Oriented-Policing (CPOP) facilitator

The Community Police Partnering Center is an outgrowth of the April 2001 riots. A collaborative agreement between the ACLU, Black United Front representing the class of concerned residents, the City of Cincinnati, and the Fraternal Order of Police has led to new emphasis on problem-oriented policing as a way of bringing the police and the community together to address issues of common concern.

Community Problem Oriented Policing (CPOP) is a process for resolving local safety problems through the structured engagement of community, civic, and government stakeholders who utilize the SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, & Assessment) problem solving method. Local safety problems are identified based upon feedback from patrol officers, analysis of police service calls, and complaints from the community. Once problems are identified, engaged stakeholders:

Perform careful analysis identifying contributing key elements
Develop and implement responses to resolve the problem
Assess the effectiveness of actions taken

Responses employed are intended to be preventive in nature and will engage other public agencies, the community, and the private sector. The goal of CPOP is to engage community resources as frequently as possible and to engage law enforcement resources as infrequently as possible. The CPOP process has the following outcome goals:

Reduction in crime and disorder incidents
Reduction in harm from crime and disorder incidents
Better management of crime and disorder incidents
Safety problems are considered resolved when CPOP Teams determine either of the following:

Previously identified outcomes have been achieved
Available resources have been reasonably and systematically applied to address the problem and have achieved some community benefit
Continued commitment of resources is unlikely to produce additional community benefit