Police Station Visitors Week

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Since 2009, the Vera Institute of Justice has been working with its partners in the Altus Global Alliance to implement Police Station Visitors Week, a unique yearly event where community members are invited into local police stations to rate their stations using a simple assessment tool. The project is designed to build local community-based organizations’ capacity to influence policing programming. Police Station Visitors Week works to engage grassroots advocacy groups focused on empowering and improving opportunities among those who are poor and marginalized, including women, youth, ethnic and religious minorities, older citizens, and people with disabilities by strategically engaging government entities on the quality of services provided by the police institutions.

More than 20 countries currently participate in the project. Local community groups learn methods for data collection, analysis, and dissemination online to the public and decision makers through regional, national, and global reports. The organizations then work to influence policy change based on their findings.

The impact of Police Station Visitors week on practice and policymaking is manifest: in countless cities around the world, the event and the preparations leading up to it have been the starting point for a new or improved working relationship between civil society organizations and the police. A community organization’s leadership role in Police Station Visitors Week has the potential to raise the organization’s profile and credibility in the eyes of police commanders.

From 2009 to 2012, Vera has:

  • Played the coordinating lead role among its Altus partners; 
  • Developed contracts with other Altus members and subcontractors to implement project activities on five continents including in West and East Africa, Latin America, and South Asia; 
  • Enlisted and engaged NGOs in North America and lent its support to the enlistment and engagement of NGOs in four other continents to serve as national or local producers of Police Station Visitors Week; 
  • Analyzed the data uploaded to a website by volunteers and mentors in more than 20 countries; 
  • Reported to the funder on annual progress of the project worldwide;
  • Developed a logical framework for the project, including indicators, baseline, and targets to facilitate annual review by the funder; 
  • Organized board meetings bringing together Altus member organizations serving as regional mentors; and
  • Produced an annual global report presenting the findings and implications for policy design in participating countries.

Why Is this Work Important?

In developing the assessment process and hosting a global, week-long event, Vera and its Altus partners are facilitating an active role for ordinary citizens in overseeing and improving police services—an element of police oversight often promoted in theory but difficult to realize in practice. Moreover, for many of the visitors—especially those who are female, poor, or marginalized for other reasons—the experience provides their first real access to local law enforcement and a platform for expressing their views about whether the police are serving all members of the community.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Gokey.

Location

Police Station Name

   
United States  

CA

Anaheim Central District Police Station

CA

La Mesa Police Department

CA

Chula Vista Main Police Station, San Diego County

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Carson Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Century Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - West Hollywood Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Pico Rivera Police Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Temple Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Walnut Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Cerritos Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Crescenta Valley Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - East Los Angeles Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Lakewood Police Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Lancaster Sheriff Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Malibu/Lost Hills Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - San Dimas station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Santa Clarita Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - South Los Angeles Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Altadena Police Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Industry Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Lomita Police Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Palmdale Station

CA

Pasadena Police Department

CA

East Palo Alto Police Department

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Compton station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Lennox Sheriff Station

CA

Los Angeles Sheriff Department - Norwalk Station

CA

San Diego Police Department - Central District

CA

San Diego Police Department - Eastern District

CA

San Diego Police Department - Mid-City

CA

San Diego Police Department - Multi-Cultural Office

CA

San Diego Police Department - Northeast

CA

San Diego Police Department - Northern

CA

San Diego Police Department - Northwestern

CA

San Diego Police Department - Southeastern

CA

San Diego Police Department - Southern

CA

San Diego Police Department - Western

CA

San Francisco Police Department - Bayview station

CA

San Francisco Police Department - Northern station

CO

Colorado Springs Police Department - Gold Hill Division

CO

Colorado Springs Police Department - Stetson Hills Division

CT

New Haven Police Department

DC

Washington D.C. First District Police Station

DC

Washington D.C. Fourth District Police Station

DC

Washington D.C. Seventh District Police Station

DC

Washington D.C. Third District Police Station

FL

Clearwater Police Department - District I

FL

Miami Police Department - Central Station

FL

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, District 8

IA

Storm Lake Police Department

IL

Oak Park Police Department

LA

New Orleans Police Department - District 6

LA

New Orleans Police Department - District 8

LA

New Orleans Police Department - District 1

LA

New Orleans Police Department - District 2

LA

New Orleans Police Department - District 3

LA

New Orleans Police Department - District 5

LA

New Orleans Police Department - District 7

MA

Chelsea Police Department

MA

Everett Police Department

MD

Baltimore Police Department - Southeastern

MN

Minneapolis Police Department -  4th Precinct

MN

Minneapolis Police Department -  2d Precinct

MN

Minneapolis Police Department -  3rd Precinct

MN

Minneapolis Police Department -  5th Precinct

MN

Brooklyn Center Police Department

MN

Minneapolis Police Department -  1st Precinct

MN

Saint Paul Police Department - Western District

MO

Kansas City Police Department - Metro Division

MO

Kansas City Police Department - Shoal Creek Division

MO

Kansas City Police Department - South Division

NC

Greenville Police Department

ND

Fargo Police Department

NJ

Newark Police Department - 2nd Precinct

NY

Albany Police Department

NY

Mount Kisco Police Department

NY

Rome Police Department

OH

Clark County Sheriff’s Office

OH

Cleveland Division of Police - Main Station

OH

Cleveland Neighborhood Police - District 2

OH

Cleveland Neighborhood Police - District 3

OH

Cleveland Neighborhood Police - District 4

OH

Cleveland Neighborhood Police - District 5

OH

Cleveland Neighborhood Police - District 1

PA

Philadelphia Police Department - 1st District

PA

Philadelphia Police Department - 24th District

PA

Philadelphia Police Department - 15th District

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Philadelphia Police Department - 17th District

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Philadelphia Police Department - 25th District

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Philadelphia Police Department - 26th District

PA

Philadelphia Police Department - 3rd District

RI

Providence Police Department

TN

Nashville Police Department

TX

Houston Police Department - Southeast Command Station

TX

Houston Police Department - Midwest

TX

Houston Police Department - North Patrol Command Station

TX

Houston Police Department - Northeast

TX

Houston Police Department - South Central

TX

Houston Police Department - South Gessner

TX

Houston Police Department - Westside Command Station

VA

Alexandria Police Department

WA

Spokane Police Department - Downtown District

WI

Madison Police Department - South

WI

Madison Police Department - East

WI

Onalaska Police Department

Canada

 

Quebec Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal

 

Police Station Visitors Week North America Top Scoring Stations

2013 – East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station
2012 – South Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station
2011 – Chula Vista Police Department
2010 – Palmdale Sheriff’s Station
2009 – Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station

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