The Carolinas Institute for Community Policing (CICP) is committed to facilitating collaboration between law enforcement and community partners. CICP was established in 1997 as part of the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office initiative to form nationwide regional community policing institutes and has been sustained through grants from the COPS Office and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Our mission is to provide advanced training for law enforcement professionals in the community policing philosophy and generate interest and active cooperation among community members.
The community policing philosophy promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder and fear of crime. Community policing encourages greater trust between citizens and law enforcement and promotes a ‘stakeholders mentality’ so that all community members will share in the responsibility of preventing crimes and creating safer neighborhoods.
The Carolinas Institute for Community Policing was relocated from Charlotte, NC to Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC when Lynda Leventis-Wells became Executive Director in 2003. Since that time, CICP has trained nearly 60,000 people in more than 1,400 classes, workshops and conferences. CICP has coordinated training in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.