NCPCs are a city community policing effort that allows for a designated police officer to meet regularly with community members in every neighborhood to hear residents' concerns and solve problems that lead to crime. The Councils emphasize leadership development, skill building, and strengthening relationships among residents.
How does it work?
The city has been split up into 53 sections based on existing police beats. The NCPC's have regular meetings to discuss crime issues in their neighborhood with a dedicated officer who is responsible and accountable to that neighborhood. This person is the Problem Solving Officer (PSO) and the idea is that they will stay assigned to that beat/neighborhood/NCPC group for quite some time and be familiar with the neighborhood, the issues it faces, and its history of crime issues.
All NCPC meetings are open to the public and are usually well attended by people who live in the neighborhood.
If you want to start going to NCPC meetings but aren't sure which one you're in, check out this website that lets you enter in your address and find out what beat you live in: http://oaklandbeats.com. (This website was created by Open Oakland!) This site now lets you see the location and time each month that your local NCPC meets, your city and OPD contact info and any online listservs or communities based around the NCPCs.
This is a list of the NCPCs, including the date, time, and location of each one's meetings, and each one's Neighborhood Service Coordinator (NSC) -- current as of October 2015.
More information about community policing in Oakland
Community policing is structured geographically into three levels: neighborhood watches, neighborhood crime prevention councils (NCPCs), and, at the city level, the community policing advisory board (CPAB).
Check out our list of all neighbor/community/official groups working on public safety issues in Oakland (includes contact info and details about NCPCs and other groups!)