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Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
This neighborhood-level program brings community members together by beat to work in partnership with the Oakland Police Department to solve problems that lead to crime. The Councils emphasize leadership development, skill building, and strengthening relationships among residents. There are 53 NCPCs in the City.
For more information, please contact (510) 986-2715.
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Role of Neighborhood Services Coordinator
Neighborhood Services Coordinators (NSCs) are assigned to each of the 53 community policing beats in Oakland. They help residents work together and in partnership with the Police and other City departments.
Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (NCPCs) have been established in each community policing beat so residents can get to know each other, identify problems, and work together to solve those problems.
The NCPCs are part of Oakland’s community policing program.
What do Neighborhood Services Coordinators do, exactly?
1. Work for concrete improvements in their neighborhoods
- Help NCPC leaders identify and prioritize issues – then develop an approach for solving them
- Provide advice and guidance on how to organize community resources
- Stay in regular communication with the Problem Solving Officer
- Act as the liaison between the police department and the community
2. Help NCPC leaders develop their skills so they can accomplish their goals
- Help NCPC leadership evaluate meetings to determine what worked well and what could to be improved
- Provide training to NCPC leaders so they can hone their skills in areas of their choosing, such as meeting facilitation, agenda setting, and outreach
- Help the NCPC leaders developing a strategic planning process so they can set the overall goals of the organization
- Develop a leadership retreat where leaders can discuss issues and develop their ability to work together
3. Help identify leaders and participants for NCPCs and Neighborhood Watch
- Go door to door, identifying issues and people who might be interested in working together to solve problems
- Go door to door with neighborhood leaders so they can get to know people and identify local interests and issues.
- Conduct one-on-one interviews with potential participants
4. Help NCPC leaders access the City of Oakland and other agencies so they will be more responsive to their neighborhood needs.
- Make contact or refer NCPC leaders to various City staff to help solve problems
- Work with city and other agencies to establish cases, to insure cases proceed and to see that problems are resolved
5. Help the NCPC develop into a strong grassroots organization that reflects the interests of the neighborhood.
- Make sure the NCPC runs well: help the leadership develop by-laws; ensure election of officers, etc.
- Help the NCPC develop processes for communication, agenda setting, outreach, etc.
- Help the NCPC produce and promote Safety Fairs, National Night Out and other events that help establish the organization’s vital role in the community.