Improving and Maintaining Public Awareness and Community Teamwork

In a community where one-third of the households live on less than $10,000 a year, police and other city leaders needed an innovative approach to improve the quality of life for El Monte, California. The police department could exert its leadership, but the effort had to be fully integrated with all city departments. Code enforcement, public works, parks and recreation, and building inspection departments all had to participate and embrace the concept of providing a better coordination of resources and delivery of service to El Monte’s citizens to make any real impact.