2017 Semifinalist
City of Escondido, CA
January 1, 2017

The Neighborhood Transformation Project seeks to create safer communities by focusing on environmental transformation, one neighborhood at a time. By partnering city departments, neighborhood groups, and business associations, the program aims to create effective solutions that produce meaningful crime reduction and an enhanced quality of life in targeted neighborhoods. The program began in the summer of 2013 with a gang detective’s observation that, over the years, the same neighborhoods were continually plagued by gang crime despite a continuous police presence. This comprehensive strategy seeks to remove criminals from neighborhoods while simultaneously working to physically improve neighborhoods in an effort to prevent the kind of negative socialization that often leads to future delinquent and criminal conduct. In the fall of 2013, in order to maximize limited resources, the Escondido Police Department sought partnerships with city government, neighborhood groups, business associations, faith-based groups, etc.  The partnerships were formed by establishing relationships with city staff in Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, Planning, Public Works, Economic Development and the City Attorney and City Manager’s Offices. To further engage and empower citizens, the Escondido Police Department held community and business meetings focusing on mobilizing residents and business owners to work toward a common goal. In January of 2015 the City of Escondido began its second NTP deployment, currently in East Escondido.