The White Plains Department of Public Safety has made a commitment to a policing paradigm that would fight crime on all fronts. On one front, the WPDPS uses traditional strategies to target high- rate offenders, their illegal activities, and neighborhood hot spots. On the other, the Department’s CASI Unit has taken the lead in developing and implementing non-traditional programs to target the factors that drive down crime and violence. The entire Department embraces the philosophy that problem solving is the most effective method of reducing crime and maintaining order, especially when it is integrated with other private and public sector agencies in the community.
The community partnerships developed have resulted in the creation of programs that provide enhanced services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and children exposed to trauma. An example of a successful initiative is Project TRUST (funded by a grant from the United States Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women). The goal of Project TRUST is to provide an innovative community coordinated response to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking that will increase victim’s safety through police training, community involvement and education, and the investigation, arrest and prosecution of violent and potentially violent offenders. TRUST has established formal partnerships among the WPDPS, Pace Women’s Justice Center, Westchester Jewish Community Services, and the Westchester Hispanic Coalition.