HACLA and LAPD’s Partnership Program Featured in LA Times
An article in the LA Times titled In Jordan Downs housing project, police are forging a new relationship highlighted the changing dynamic of the residents and law enforcement officials. The positive change is contributed to the partnership between the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) through the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program.
In 2011, HACLA and LAPD signed an MOU to place 45 permanent police officers at HACLA’s four public housing communities to improve the quality of life for residents through building trust and relationships. The CSP program is an unprecedented program aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and gang involvement through these officers getting integrally involved in the community. As a result of these efforts, crime levels are at an all-time low.
In and around many of our public housing communities and residents, particularly our youth, have a difference perspective on these officers; they are coaching youth football, taking children on camping and educational field trips all the while making sure that they have positive role models in the communities.
There are approximately 22, 000 residents living in HACLA’s 16 public housing communities throughout Los Angeles. There are nearly 9,000 youth between the ages of 0-18; It is HACLA’s intention to identify additional resources and expand the CSP program to other public housing developments.