Analysis and Assessment of Police/Business Empowerment Partnership (P/BEP) Program

Julia Jim, Westminster Police Department
Fawn T. Ngo, University of Maryland at College Park

The Police/Business Empowerment Partnership (P/BEP) program is based on the "purchase of service" concept whereby the Westminster Police Department provides additional hours of police patrol, above and beyond regular patrol hours, which is compensated as overtime hours for the officers by the businesses that receive this service. P/BEP was implemented in an area known as Little Saigon located in the city of Westminster, CA. The goals of P/BEP were to improve positive perception of public safety, to increase confidence of merchants and citizens with the area's viability to conduct business, and to allow for the police to work with the community to develop and implement long-term, problem-solving strategies. In order to evaluate the program, two community-wide public opinion surveys were conducted in August 1999 and August 2000. The study evaluated the impact of the problem-oriented policing program across various safety factors, including community safety, business district safety, police activity, gang activity, auto theft, and fear of crime. Statistical analyses of collected data indicated that the program had a positive impact in creating an atmosphere that is favorable for businesses.

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Updated 05/20/2006