Dajuan Howze, 13, battles for the ball against Pittsburgh Police officer Gino Perry while Zone 5 police commander Jason Lando waches.  The officers played a pick up basketball game with local youth during the Homewood Community Day celebration.

Reducing Causes of Crime

Exemplary Standard IIF. Reducing Causes of Crime. An exemplary agency identifies and seeks to collaborate with community organizations in each neighborhood willing and able to participate in reducing crime and employs focused community and problem-oriented policing strategies to identify and reduce underlying causes of crime, especially among youth.

Effective community-oriented policing is one of the most powerful factors in building trust and credibility with all segments of the community, but it is also a major strategy to prevent and reduce crime. Thus, exemplary agencies proactively create community partnerships and work with other agencies to reduce underlying causes of crime. Many agencies have employ Police Athletic Leagues and other programs to support other community efforts to provide positive relations with officers and instill core values and skills that lessen the likelihood of that youth will engage in criminal or other anti-social conduct.

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