Community Advocacy &
The Community Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives Unit (CASI) has the responsibility to develop cutting edge strategies to control crime.
The White Plains Department of Public Safety has made a commitment to a policing paradigm that would fight crime on all fronts. On one front, the Department uses traditional strategies to target high-rate offenders, their illegal activities, and neighborhood hot spots. On the other, the Department’s CASI Unit has taken the lead in developing and implementing non-traditional programs to target the factors that drive down crime and violence. The entire Department embraces the philosophy that problem solving is the most effective method of reducing crime and maintaining order, especially when it is integrated with other private and public sector agencies in the community.The community partnerships developed have resulted in the creation of programs that provide enhanced services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and children exposed to trauma.
The Community Policing Unit identifies and implements neighborhood-based police services to reduce crime, improve the quality of life, and engage community members in building partnerships and solving problems.
This assignment is intended to encourage and foster inclusion of all community members when deploying Community Policing strategies. This initiative permits the Department of Public Safety to maximize its use of resources while serving the needs of the entire community.
Proactive strategies and tactics such as crime analysis, problem solving and community partnerships are used to creatively address crime and social issues that may lead to crime. CompStat information facilitates the identification of where and when resources are to be implemented. Collaboration with community partners identifies problems such as neighborhood decay, physical and social disorder. Together the police and community partners will deal with addressing the root of the identified problems.