Evaluating Community Policing Strategies to Build Safer Communities

During the last decade, Pittsburgh has experienced a significant drop in violent crime. But areas of violence persist, including in the Northside neighborhood, where tensions with authorities have made residents less likely to engage with public institutions. Recognizing that community engagement was needed to address crime and rebuild trust within this neighborhood, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) initiated a series of pilot projects to test new methods of community-oriented policing. PBP now wants to evaluate the design and effectiveness of this program, as well as develop metrics that capture community engagement and initiatives deployed by officers.

To support this work, FUSE executive fellow Mica Williams is helping evaluate the Northside community policing pilot. Mica is also developing recommendations for redesigning police stations and operations throughout the city.