Center for Problem-Oriented Policing

Using CPTED for Neighborhood Problem Solving

The process outlined here is intended for a mixed use neighborhood with a diverse population and multiple issues. The problem-solving process in this case is tied to a broader neighborhood planning process; the CPTED plan must ultimately be adopted by elected officials.

The process is carried out by an interdisciplinary CPTED team of city officials with a neighborhood CPTED task force. This group collects and analyzes data and makes recommendations, which are carried back to the broader community for input and advice before the recommendations are incorporated into a plan for improvement. Staff provide organizational support for the process, which includes information packages, data analysis, copying and mailing, etc.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Neighborhood SARA Process

Planning Task Force Meeting #1: Project Scoping

ORIENTATION AND GROUND RULES

  • roles and responsibilities of the task team, agency staff, consultant(s)
  • rules of order and engagement
  • meeting schedules and tentative agendas

INTRODUCTION TO CPTED AND NEIGHBORHOOD EVALUATION

  • overview of CPTED concepts and strategies
  • group work - neighborhood features, safe and unsafe places, etc. [see Exhibit 2],

Planning Task Force Meeting #2: Presentation of Data and Information

CRIME ANALYSIS

COMMUNITY/VICTIMIZATION SURVEY RESULTS

EXISTING CONDITIONS (population, land use, housing, transportation, etc.)

NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

IDENTIFICATION AND EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES [see Exhibit 3]

Neighborhood Meetings conducted independently by task force representatives to agree on strategies and priorities

Planning Task Force Meeting #3: Plan Development

PROJECT OVERVIEW

ACTION PLAN WORKSHEETS

  • project goal(s)
  • data and information (existing, needed)
  • tasks and activities
  • roles and responsibilities
  • resource requirements
  • target date(s)

FEEDBACK FROM AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES ON FEASIBILITY OF THE ACTIONS IDENTIFIED

Neighborhood Meetings conducted by task force representatives to review tasks, schedules, and responsibilities

Planning Task Force Meeting #4: Plan Revisions (based on community feedback) and Plan Approval

Plan Adoption

NEIGHBORHOOD OWNER/RESIDENT APPROVAL

PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION

ADOPTION BY ELECTED OFFICIALS/GOVERNING BODY

TRANSITION FROM PLANNING TO IMPLEMENTATION

Implementation Team Meeting #1:

REVIEW AND REFINE SCHEDULES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESOURCE NEEDS

DEFINE PERFORMANCE MEASURES

BEGIN IMPLEMENTATION

Additional Implementation Team Meetings scheduled as appropriate to discuss progress and results, issues and concerns, or the need for a new or modified plan