Quality in police work is a critical factor in the well-being
and safety of our communities. The Webber Seavey Award for
Quality in Law enforcement promotes and recognizes quality
performance by agencies around the globe. The Award is named
after Chief of Police Webber S. Seavey, the IACP's first
president, who exemplified the dedication to the profession and
problem-solving that his namesake has been established to honor.

   Like many other cities, Monrovia had neighborhoods where
landlords rented to undesirable tenants, ignored routine
maintenance and refused to make repairs. The situation quickly
led to deplorable living conditions and the neighborhoods often
became centers for crime, drug dealing and gang hangouts.
Officers responding to calls handled them with little or no
community involvement. As a result, the causes of incidents were
not resolved, and the cycle repeated again and again.

   Community Activity Policing (CAP) is dedicated to the
concept that the community itself must change the environment
that breeds crime. This comprehensive program involved the
cooperation efforts of individuals, private and public agencies,
schools, ministry, the city and the community. A task force made
up of representatives from various city departments and schools
as well as parole and probation personnel and police chaplains
serves as the nucleus of the program, collecting intelligence,
analyzing incidents and formulating corrective actions.

   Areas that are most negatively affecting the city are
targeted, and law enforcement begins an intensive effort to bond
with the community by forming a citizen activist group to assist
in planning and developing corrective actions. This "bonding" is
the basis for the program's success. Since CAP began in 1990,
there has been a 35% reduction in Monrovia's Part I crime.

   Every resource, from the Mayor and Council members to city
departments and local communities, is used to solve problems.
Specialized law enforcement programs combat high profile criminal
activity. Uniformed bike patrols allow greater mobility, and
face-to-face dialogue with residents and business owners in
targeted areas ensure that the goals of CAP are achieved. A
specially trained, four-person team networks with other agencies
to control, track and combat gang and drug activity. There's even
a citizen's academy and parenting classes hosted by the police
department to provide classroom instruction on the police
function and methods of improving parenting skills.

   CAP has become a routine part of daily activities and the city
has been able to solve several long festering problems. It is not
just a philosophy of policing and a set of techniques . It
involves a caring outlook toward solving community problems and a
commitment to do something about them. CAP works because everyone
is working together.

"This was an excellent opportunity to share the success our city
has had in its mission to unite community, government and private
industry to improve to quality of life for both individuals and
neighborhoods. Our program will give every community the
opportunity to make a difference. It shows that individuals have
the ability to empower themselves to change and improve any

Joseph A. Santoro
Chief of police

Project Leader Officer Alice McLinden
(818) 359-1152

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