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Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing

The CSPD's Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) has been selected as one of six international finalists for the Center for Problem Oriented Policing Herman Goldstein Award. Annually the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (funded by the US Dept of Justice COPS Office ) awards the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing.   This award is named after Dr. Herman Goldstein, professor emeritus who first wrote on the concepts of police focusing on problems rather than randomly patrolling. 
CSPD's HOT will present an electronic presentation of their project at the POP conference in Arlington, TX in late September.
The other finalists CSPD will be competing against are:
  • Dayton Police Department (US), Reclaiming the Corner of Chaos
  • Houston Police Department (US), Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative
  • Lancashire Constabulary (UK), Smashing Time - or not
  • Merseyside Police Department (UK), Reducing thefts from elderly persons in      shopping areas
  • South Yorkshire Police (UK), Shiregreen Alliance
After all presentations are presented and judged, the overall winner will be announced at the conference.
The below information is an excerpt from the Center for Problem Oriented Policing website which describes the award the team is a finalist for:
2010 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing 
Herman Goldstein Award
The award honors Professor Herman Goldstein, who conceived and developed the theory of problem-oriented policing. As professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Professor Goldstein continues to advance POP and to inspire police officers around the world.
The Goldstein Award, to be presented at the 21st annual conference in Arlington, Texas on September 27th-30th, recognizes innovative and effective problem-oriented policing (POP) projects that have achieved measurable success in resolving recurring specific crime, disorder or public safety problems faced by police and the community. The winning, finalist, and other select submissions will be presented during plenary and panel sessions at the conference.
Problems may range in scope from a very specific problem in a specific neighborhood, to one that affects many people over a wide area. While many successful POP projects are geographically focused, other problems affect certain types of people or occur at a certain time. The award program seeks projects that successfully resolved any type of recurring crime or disorder problem faced by police. Examples from past projects include drug dealing in a strip mall, loitering day laborers, trespassers at a high school, 911 hang-ups, prostitution on a major thoroughfare, drug-dealing and gang activity in a neighborhood, drunk driving throughout a large metropolitan region, disorder and criminal activity in an apartment complex, gun violence, and thefts from construction sites
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Why was the team formed?
The HOT team was formed in response to the rising population of the homeless individuals and the increase in problems associated with homelessness in Colorado Springs.  The team was formed in June of 2009 to develop a strategy to compassionately address the increasing number of homeless, homeless camps and the myriad of socioeconomic issues surrounding them.  The team has developed relationships with many advocacy groups, homeless service providers and has coordinated a citywide response to help the homeless transition to a better life out of the camps.  Their efforts also lead city leaders to develop and implement an enforceable no camping ordinance.  Homeless individuals have been provided with information that has helped them get into more permanent housing and programs.  HOT has teamed with numerous local nonprofits to shelter 574 families and have made it possible for 145 individuals to reunite with family out of state.  They have also documented 105 people becoming self-sufficient and 131 becoming employed.