Old concept from the standpoint that the Neighborhood Resources Officer position was created by Cops during the Chief Terry Mangan era and the concept was copied through-out the Nation.
Frank Straub of course made a feeble attempt to take credit for the concept by simply changing the name to Neighborhood Condition Officer, so we are now apparently back to NROs instead of NCOs.
Compare the study in this link to what is going on at SPD today.
“An evaluation by Washington State University of the NRO program in 1992 and 1993 determined that the program implementation had been successful with officers reporting higher job satisfaction, and neighbors reporting high satisfaction with the officers.”
There was no question the concept was a good one and the whole idea was that Cops would take “ownership” of “their” Beat and pride in working with Neighborhood to make the Beat a better place for them to live. The SR article about Officer Ponto, which isn’t the first, shows that she has a good understanding of our original idea and is carrying it out so much Kudos Officer Ponto…you got it girl!
Don’t mistake the term “ownership” for heavy-handedness the analogy I used back in the day was like a carpenter who owns his own tools, and takes pride in them by keeping them sharp and clean.
“While Mangan was pleased with the results of the program he realized that the department was providing too little supervision for the NROS. “We had one NRO who was a very good community guy, but he kind of went sideways on us. He was overwhelmed, he had so much that he couldn’t manage it and he didn’t go for help because he figured he was independent,” Mangan said. “So he was getting reports that he never turned in… issuing citations that he never turned in. Spending way more time than he should have doing things that became increasingly less productive… He wound up being terminated for some very specific things he did wrong, but I also felt that we shared that responsibility because we didn’t provide him with the kind of support he needed.”
This reference in the Harvard study is referring to this situation:
It was a mess and took a long time to clean up, reports never turned in, lying about so many things I can’t remember the all, and a race element that got in the way. The City Council recently approved a budget which included four new “NROs.”
They did so of course without any facts, data, or understanding of the dynamics and acted only on what they were fed.
The reality is you can’t just hire four new people to be NROs it must be an experienced Cop, like Ponto willing to take ownership, work with the Neighborhood and solve problems who can be trusted to work under limited supervision. In essence you need the right people for the job.
I recently read a very troubling IA report regarding a Detective with a long, long, IA history being moved by Craig Meidl to the Hillyard Precinct and away from watchful eyes, real dumb move Craig.
More later this subject!
Not really a flash many of us have known for some time…SPD decided to listen for once!