Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (NCPCs) have been established pursuant to the City of Oakland’s Community Policing Policy (Resolution 72727). City Resolution 79235 provides the legal mandate for NCPCs and specifies that the duties of all NCPCs include the following components of Community Policing:
Focus on issues of neighborhood and community concern;
Create a “…working partnership between the community and police to analyze neighborhood problems, set priorities, develop strategies, and work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods”;
“Empowerment of neighborhoods by relying on the organization of people in our communities to identify problems, prioritize concerns, and develop solutions which are implemented through the cooperation and collaboration of neighborhood residents, public employees and public officials”;
“Reduce crime, enhance public safety, and to improve quality of life” through a “peer level partnership between the community, the Police Department, and other city agencies” utilizing “proactive, collaborative problem solving methods” at the block, neighborhood and citywide levels;
Assure all Home Alert/Neighborhood Watch Captains, Members, and Neighborhood Councils represent “…a variety of organizations sensitive to community needs and interests”;
“Cooperate actively with police officers and other public employees and interested individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods”;
Provide a “Community Police Officer who shall focus their efforts on problem solving and quality of life improvement on their community policing beat.”
The City of Oakland became a Sanctuary City to immigrants in 1986, and that status was reaffirmed and strengthened by the Oakland City Council in December 2016. Recent changes in Federal policies and practices have placed increasing numbers of Oakland residents in danger by blocking their ability to travel based upon nationality, raids by federal agents, and deportation to life-threatening circumstances, or exclusion from entry despite their protected status under international norms, as well as Federal and City statutes. In addition, skyrocketing rates of harassment, attacks upon, and killings of individuals targeted for their religion, national origin, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and/or other protected categories have been well documented in recent months. These actions, some of which are crimes, have greatly affected the quality of life, and created increasingly unsafe neighborhoods for many Oakland residents.
Due to the above situation and mandates, the Montclair Neighborhood Council/ NCPC 13Z has committed to develop and implement community safety policies to protect, to the broadest extent possible, all vulnerable persons in our neighborhood from becoming victims of any and all types of bullying, harassment, threats or attacks based on race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual preference or for any other reason. Furthermore, since Oakland is a declared Sanctuary City, we commit to developing and implementing policies pursuant to the Oakland Sanctuary Ordinance, including protection of immigrants within our police beat from harassment or raids from any entity.
We also call on each NCPC to:
Include residents, community organizations, schools and Community Resource Officers (CRO) in the development and implementation of similar policies and implementation strategies;
Receive regular reports from the CRO, and share them with beat residents and key area community organizations;
Communicate all related NCPC policies to other NCPCs and the Community Policing Advisory Board; and
Produce annual reports that include an assessment and evaluation of policies and implementation plans, and suggestions for improvements.
We urge the Community Policing Advisory Board (CPAB) to spearhead the development of policies and strategies to accomplish the above on a citywide basis among all City NCPCs. The CPAB should direct all CROs, the Neighborhood Services Manager, and Neighborhood Services Coordinators to assist NCPCs in developing such policies and strategies. Reports from NCPCs on their progress in meeting these goals should be made to the CPAB and each other on at least an annual basis. Furthermore, the CPAB should assure that City police and other officials provide publicly accessible documentation of their efforts to fulfill their duty to collaborate with NCPCs to prevent the problems outlined above.
Unanimously Approved by NCPC 16Y/Glenview Neighborhood Association Board
January 4, 2017
Allan Brill, Chair—email@example.com