Policing Innovations

Welcome to Policing Innovations.  A project of the Local Safety Solutions Project, Policing Innovations works with police departments across the state to promote new approaches to increase community safety. This site will feature profiles of successful and innovative strategies from police departments from across California, perspectives from local law enforcement leaders, and resources. 


Policing Innovations in Action: Fontana Re-Entry Support Team

Fontana's F.R.S.T. program brings local, state and community employers, service providers, educators, state resource coordinators, faith-based organizations and prior clients of the program together to assist recently released individuals and people in need in their community to build crime-free and productive futures for themselves and their families.


Policing Innovations in Action: Santa Barbara Restorative Policing

Restorative Policing is an innovative program by the Santa Barbara Police Department and its partners to divert people with mental illness and/or drug addiction away from incarceration for low-level offenses and into programs that will break the cycle of crime. Santa Barbara Chief of Police Cam Sanchez shares his department's approach to policing, and the impact it is having on his department and the community at large. 

Profiles in Law Enforcement: Tom Hoffman, Former Deputy Police Chief of West Sacramento 

Thomas G. Hoffman, former Deputy Police Chief of West Sacramento and former Director of Parole with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shares how our poor track record of rehabilitation calls out for change to criminal sentencing, policing and reentry, especially in terms of determining risk levels, treatment needs and other interventions that will stop the cycle of crime.

Case Studies

Drug Market Interventions - DMI has been recognized by the National Network for Safe Communities and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys as an effective approach for shutting down overt drug markets and improving the quality of life in surrounding communities.

LEAD: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion - Five years ago, Seattle police officials were in search of better ways to reduce low-level drug and prostitution crimes in the city’s Belltown neighborhood and the Skyway area of unincorporated King County. By collaborating with other community leaders, they developed LEAD, a diversion pilot program intervening before someone is typically arrested for certain nonviolent offenses.

Mental Health Response Teams - San Diego and Los Angeles are both implementing innovative programs that divert people with mental health needs from the traditional law enforcement channels by changing how first responders engage with someone in crisis.

Police Legitimacy - The goal of “Procedural Justice” efforts is to ensure that people feel that their treatment by justice system professionals is fair and just. This contributes to perceptions of “Police Legitimacy” – where residents have trust and confidence in the police, accept police authority and believe officers are fair.


CSJ Report: Breaking the Cycle of Low-Level Crime  - In an era of change, our guide showcases innovative models for reducing low-level crime and costs, including community partnerships that replace traditional arrest-and-detain practices with new program that better break the cycle of crime. Click here to view or download.

President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing (Final Report) - On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force Members sought expertise from stakeholders and input from the public as they worked to identify best practices and make recommendations to the President. The Task Force submitted an initial report to the President on March 2, 2015 and released the final report on May 18, 2015. 

Childhood Trauma and Its Effects: Implications for Police - New Perspectives in Policing Bulletin - This bulletin from the National Institute of Justice summarizes the effects of ongoing trauma on young children, how these effects impair adolescent and young adult development and functioning, and the possible implications of this for policing. 


California Partnership for Safe Communities -  CPSC works with cities to achieve sustainable community-wide reductions in violence, engaging a broad cross-section of community stakeholders concerned with violence to build working alliances that span the often deep divisions among criminal justice agencies, the community, and young people at highest risk of gun violence.

California Police Chiefs Association - Established in 1966, the California Police Chiefs Association is an organization that represents municipal law enforcement agencies in California.

International Association of Chiefs of Police - The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) addresses the issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. 

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services - US Department of Justice - The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is a component within the U.S. Department of Justice dedicated to community policing.

National Network for Safe Communities - The National Network for Safe Communities supports communities advancing proven strategies to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and distressed communities.

Police Foundation - The Police Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving policing. 



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