Case #1606.0

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the One Neighborhood for Everyone Collaborative

Publication Date: December 01, 1997
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In the early 1990s, crime begins to spiral out of control in the rapidly growing Penwood/Arville neighborhood of Las Vegas, the fastest-growing city in the U.S. Police, however, face a series of obstacles in their efforts to control it. The administration of a neighborhood high school, whose students include suspected lawbreakers, is unreceptive to overtures for assistance, fearing the message that might be sent by police presence in the school. The managers of some of the area's apartment complexes show little interest in screening or monitoring tenants, setting the stage for illegal activities, such as drug-dealing, on their premises. This case describes the ways in which these challenges are gradually overcome, at least for a time--the factors that appear to make improvement possible and the tactics that are employed. These community policing-style tactics include collaboration among police, school officials and property owners. Police assist in leveraging city resources--such as recreation programs--for high school students; a critical mass of property owners accept a police offer to provide information on the criminal history of potential tenants; police begin to patrol the neighborhood on bicycle. The case recounts the accumulation of effort that appeared to allow police to retake control of Penwood/Arville. It also raises the question, however, of how the collaborative efforts described can be institutionalized, such that turnover in key positions does not undermine the success achieved.

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Case Author:
Harvey Simon
Faculty Lead:
Frank Hartmann
Pages (incl. exhibits):
United States
Funding Source:
Pew Charitable Trusts