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Comprehensive Communities Program: A Unique Way to Reduce Crime and Enhance Public Safety

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Date Published
December 2000
4 pages
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This fact sheet focuses on the Comprehensive Communities Program (CCP) model, created in 1994, a nationwide crime prevention and crime control program. CCP provides a framework for community residents, government agencies, and private organizations to work together to improve the quality of life in a community.


Established by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Comprehensive Communities Program brings those people most affected by crime problems together, gives them a meaningful role in solving these problems, and applies a deliberate planning and implementation process. CCP consists of many components primarily community policing and community mobilization, as well as community prosecution, drug courts, crime prevention through environmental design, youth involvement initiative, and community corrections. By using the CCP approach, 15 jurisdictions have been recognized for their progress in reducing crime, improving the quality of life, and improving the delivery of services in their neighborhoods. The cities of Baltimore MD, Denver CO, Fort Worth TX, Hartford CT, Salt Lake City UT, and Wichita KS, have seen up to a 50 percent reduction in violent crime in their CCP neighborhoods. Other measurable progress has been seen in Atlanta GA, Columbus OH, Oakland CA, Seattle WA, and the District of Columbia. CCP program goals, principles, and critical program elements are described. A listing of jurisdictions utilizing the CCP approach is provided.

Date Published: December 1, 2000