CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, PA
Mayor Edward Rendell

COPS PROBLEM SOLVING PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM

1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing, Services (COPS) established a Problem Solving Partnership grant to provide police departments and community organizations with the opportunity to work together to address persistent crime problems.

Using the COPS grant, the Philadelphia Police Department, in partnership with Women Organized Against Rape and Temple University, has funded a training and awareness program for school children enrolled in grades six through nine which addresses the issue of sexual assault.

2. When was the program created and why?

The program was created in August of 1996 and is a part of an overall effort to identify, analyze, and evaluate Rape and Sexual Assault incidents in three targeted police districts within the City of Philadelphia, i.e. the 14th, 15th, and 35th districts.

3. How do you measure the program's effectiveness?

Effectiveness is measured by the following criteria:

a. A reduction in crime in the project areas for sexual assault and rape.

b. A reduction in the fear of community members as evidenced through feedback at community meetings and activities.

c. An increased level of cooperation/coordination between city agencies, law enforcement and social service agencies resulting in more efficient services to victims.

4. How is the program financed?

The Program is financed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Washington, D.C. 20530, Phone # 800-421-6770.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all. How has the community responded to the program?

Community members have direct involvement as a result of the collaborative nature of the program. Input from individuals and groups is sought and welcomed.

6. Contact person:

Captain Eileen Banner

Commanding Officer

Special Victims Unit

Philadelphia Police Department

Phone # 2l5-685-1189

Fax # 2l5-685-1178

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