Neighborhood policing plan (NPP)
What is the neighborhood policing plan?
In 2004, SPD published a five-year strategic plan, SPD 2010, that had as a central focus the creation a police department more strongly connected to the diverse communities that it serves and targeted at reducing crime and safety-related problems. Achievement of this overarching goal requires the proper resourcing of the SPD patrol force.
The March 2007 Neighborhood Policing Staffing Plan, 2008-2012, (NPP) grew out of the Strategic Plan. The NPP represents the most significant change to SPD during the last 30 years. Designed to shorten and equalize emergency response times throughout the city while providing officers with more time to work proactively on crime problems with members of the community, the NPP calls for expanding SPD patrol with the hiring of 105 new officers during the period 2008-2012.
Read the Neighborhood
What will the plan do?
The NPP specifies three goals along with strategies for achieving them:
- Response times to emergency calls in 7 minutes or less, any time and any place within the city.
- An aggregate of no less than 30% of patrol time available for proactive work on chronic neighborhood crime and safety-related issues.
- At least 10 patrol units available citywide at any time for emergency backup.
HOW WILL THE PLAN BE IMPLEMENTED?
The two main strategies for achieving these goals are the equalization of workload across patrol districts and increasing the size of the SPD patrol force.
In order to achieve the emergency response time goal, it is necessary to equalize staffing and workload across patrol districts which comprise SPD’s five precincts. In January of 2008, the Department adjusted patrol boundaries and decreased the number of patrol “beats” to 51 across 17 patrol sectors, providing a far more equitable distribution of workload across the beats and among the officers working patrol and thereby enabling more uniform response time to calls for service. SPD response times to emergency calls are now averaging in the six minute range.
The Department also is considering alternative work shifts and duty schedules to enhance the availablilty of patrol officers during the times of day and days of the week when they are most needed, particularly during late morning hours and on Friday and Saturday nights.
Adding Patrol Officers
Increasing the size of patrol has allowed officers to spend a greater proportion of their time in the districts to which they are assigned, creating opportunity for added proactive work. Further enhancements in proactive time will come as we move closer to the NPP hiring goal.
Since January 1, 2008, the count of SPD patrol officers whose primary duty is responding to calls for service and engaging in proactive work has increased from 490 to more than 550 at the end of 2010.
Due to the City's ongoing budget problems, SPD suspended sworn hiring in June 2010. Because it takes ten months from the date of hire to train an officer for street duty, the hiring pause will confront the Department with the challenge of sustaining swon strength, particularly in patrol, as retirements occur.