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Neighborhood Network Center, Part One: Basic Issues and Planning and Implementation in Lansing, Michigan

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R Trojanowicz; B Bucquiroux; T McLanus; D Sinclair
Date Published
52 pages
This report describes the basics of the neighborhood network center concept, its evolution from the community policing movement, and the experience so far of the East Lansing Neighborhood Network Center in Michigan.
Experience with community policing reveals that community officers are so well received within the community that they often find themselves inundated with tasks beyond the traditional scope of law enforcement. They routinely network with other social service providers, whose support is essential, but whose participation is limited by the fact that they are not out in the community each day with the community police officer. The neighborhood network center concept seeks to apply the decentralized and personalized model of community policing to the delivery of other public and private social services. The new community-based team of professionals may include social workers, public health nurses, mental health professionals, drug treatment counselors, education specialists, and probation officers, joining the community police officer in the community on a part-time or full-time basis. This team operates from a facility located in the target neighborhood, with the community police officer serving as the informal leader. Lansing's program was established without significant outside funding and has been successful thus far. Reference notes and sample interagency agreement