Comprehensive Communities Program -- U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance
The Comprehensive Communities Program (CCP) is a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) initiative that implements a community-based comprehensive approach to crime control and prevention. CCP, which was initiated in 1994, receives technical assistance from the National Crime Prevention Council and operates in 16 demonstration sites across the country, including Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Denver, CO; East Bay, CA; Fort Worth, TX; Gary, IN; Hartford, CT; Omaha, NE; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; Wichita, KS; and Wilmington, DE. CCP promotes the engagement of Federal, State, and local governments; the private sector; and the community in combating violent crime and drug use and abuse in our communities. The objectives of the program are to: (1) suppress violence and restore the sense of community in the target neighborhoods; (2) focus on community problems by implementing comprehensive planning and improved intergovernmental and community relationships; (3) develop a comprehensive, multiagency strategy to identify the causes of violence in the target community, and to control and prevent violent crime; (4) implement community policing and other efforts that encourage citizens to take an active role in problem solving; and (5) coordinate and concentrate Federal, State, and local, government organizations and private resources to maximize their impact on reducing violent crime.
The 16 demonstration sites have implemented a wide range of crime prevention and control activities that integrate criminal and juvenile justice systems with social service systems. In addition to promoting community policing and other community mobilization efforts, these jurisdictions are attempting to implement innovative approaches to combat crime including drug courts, community prosecution and diversion, conflict resolution training, and alternatives to incarceration.