U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Oakland PD (Police Department) Enhancement District Program

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 36 Issue: 3 Dated: (March 1988) Pages: 68-72
R Bocklet
Date Published
5 pages
This article discusses the impact of private sector support for police services in a newly developed business section of Oakland, Calif.
Mounting crimes in a newly developed commercial section of Oakland and police department layoffs are given as reasons for the formation of a citizen-government alliance which established a plan for financing additional police services. Private funding in the amount of $1 million was used to provide two additional mounted and three walking beat officers plus five horses in an area described as the 'Enhancement District.' The funds were channeled through a pass through agency -- the Office of Economic Development under a 10-year contract. Results indicate that over a 5-year period from 1981 to 1985, crimes against persons dropped 53 percent from 246 to 116; property crimes decreased 26 percent from 1,014 to 748; and Part I offenses plunged 22 percent. Information is provided on another effort launched by the Oakland Police Department -- establishment of three community-based information offices in the city's Asian refugee community. 2 photographs.