U.S. Newswire July 25, 2001 Wednesday
WASHINGTON, DC – The innovative partnership that the Murfreesboro Police Department, Tennessee developed with their local community is highlighted in a new Justice Department publication on community policing. The partnership was developed to engage Murfreesboro’s community to fight street-level drug dealing. Police – community partnerships are a core component of community policing.
A new report entitled, "Problem-Solving Partnerships: Including the Community for a Change," was recently released by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. In this publication, seven police agencies – including Murfreesboro Police Department – were highlighted from more than 400 projects evaluated. The Justice Department report identifies this successful partnership as a model for other police departments across the nation.
Murfreesboro’s police received high marks for their response to neighborhood drug "hotspots." Police and residents formed a strong partnership that resulted in overwhelming community support for a temporary street closure designed to stop drug dealers. This new approach contributed to a 45 percent reduction in drug sale-related calls for service.
Promising law enforcement practices of the top seven model cities are posted on the COPS home page at www.cops.usdoj.gov. For more information, please call the COPS office at 202-616-1728.