2015 National NAHRO Conference Workshop: Building Safer Communities


The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) co-hosted the 2015 National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) National Conference & Exhibition at the Los Angeles Convention Center.





The Conference was moderated by Emilio Salas [Deputy Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA)]. The panelists consisted of Sanford Riggs, [Director of Housing Services, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA)], Sgt.Emada Tingirides, [Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)], Joel Lopez, [CSP Program Manager, HACLA], Emilio Salas, [Deputy Executive Director, HACoLA], Sgt. Carlos Avila, [Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department], and Betsy Lindsay, [Program Compliance Manager, HACoLA].








(Left: Joel discussing his strategy and wearing the same apron he wore 4 years ago at a community event. Right Two: Joel and Emada answering questions)

In 2011, HACLA implemented the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) with LAPD at five public housingsites and added two sites in 2015. CSP created a paradigm shift by engaging residents in relation-based policing utilizing “Spirit of the Law” rather than “Letter of the Law”. Enforcement remains an option when education and problem solving with the community are not effective. This model of policing has resulted in a dramatic decrease in serious crime and an increase in trust between law enforcement and residents.


Housing Authorities are impacting crime in their communities and building trusting relationshipswith law enforcement even in today’s climate. HACoLA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, HACLA and the Los Angeles Police Department shared strategies and tools that have created safer communities and built strong bonds between residents and law enforcement.

mented the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) with LAPD at five public housing sites and added two sites in 2015. CSP created a paradigm shift by engaging residents in relation-based policing utilizing “Spirit of the Law” rather than “Letter of the Law”. Enforcement remains an option when education and problem solving with the community are not effective. This model of policing has resulted in a dramatic decrease in serious crime and an increase in trust between law enforcement and residents.


Since 1993, HACoLA has institutionalized their countywide Community Policing Program (CPP) with LASD deputies dedicated to engaging the community and interfacing with property management and resident services staff to address crime, underlying causes of crime, and quality of life issues. A collaborative problem-solving strategy and comprehensive approach that includes prevention, intervention and enforcement have achieved a 70% reduction in crime since program inception.

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