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NCJ Number: 178741 Find in a Library
Title: Community Policing: A Station for Tomorrow; Conference Report, AIA Committee on Architecture for Justice
Corporate Author: American Institute of Architects
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC 20006
Sale Source: American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The architectural design of police stations to facilitate community policing is examined by means of case studies and an analysis of the major planning, space and equipment, and operational issues that need consideration
Abstract: The case studies highlighted the challenges that three communities experienced when dealing with aging police facilities, attempts at collaborative approaches to policing, design flexibility, technological advances, and legislative mandates. The full-service police facility in Aurora, Ill., epitomizes a police-oriented community model. The other facilities were located in Elgin, Ill., Farmers Branch, Tex., and Santa Ana, Calif. The experiences of these jurisdictions suggested that facility planning should consider a period of 20 years into the future and should focus on demographic and crime trends and patterns, as well as local community expectations. In addition, community knowledge and support of projects must be encouraged. Other issues to address include the development of joint-use public safety facility, additional spaces to accommodate the gender integration of the workforce, and the decentralization of line operations. The case studies also indicated that government agencies will continue to privatize their work, that varied government services will be provided in the police facility, that the facility should be open and accessible, and that facilities will reflect a new customer orientation. Corrections officials, law enforcement administrators, and architects must also form closer working partnerships similar to those arising from community policing; these partnerships will identify trends and determine proactive approaches to addressing them. List of conference speakers, suggested readings, and 21 reference notes
Main Term(s): Police facilities
Index Term(s): Architectural design; Community policing; Interagency cooperation; Police planning; Space management
Note: Conference report (June 5-6, 1998, Chicago)
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