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Monrovia honored for public service excellence.

The Community Activist Policing (CAP) Program of Monrovia, Calif., took top honors in the city category of the 1996 Public Service Excellence Awards. sponsored by the Public Employees Roundtable. Special recognition awards also went to Indianapolis, for its competition and costing program initiatives, and to Anoka, Minn., for a juvenile justice diversion program.

The three cities and twelve other federal, state, and local government winners were honored at a "Breakfast of Champions" ceremony on Capitol Hill to kick off the eleventh annual celebration of Public Service Recognition Week. Cosponsored by NLC, the awards and the week recognize the creativity and effectiveness of groups of public employees in improving services to citizens in cost-effective ways.

At the breakfast, Vice President Al Gore praised the public employee winners for their dedication to excellence, innovation, and achievement in tackling today's tough governance challenges. Duke Whiteside, director of NLC's community policing program, assisted in presenting the awards. Award Winners

Since implementing its CAP program five years ago, Part One crime in Monrovia has dropped by 31 percent. Monrovia's program consists of community task forces, crime prevention efforts, special enforcement teams and bicycle patrols, school collaborations, anti-drug, loitering, and truancy programs, and more than two dozen other coordinated initiatives. The CAP program rests on three key components: a cooperative problem- solving relationship between public and private agencies; a recognition of the importance of promptly cleaning up graffiti, rundown facilities, and other signs of neighborhood blight; and the development of necessary family and support services.

Details: Dorothy Percy, Monrovia Police Department, 140 E. Lime, Monrovia CA 91016; phone, (818) 359-1152; fax, (818) 301-0323.

Indianapolis won for its use of activity-based costing-measuring costs by outcomes instead of inputs-and for its well-publicized "competition" program through which city workers bid against private sector companies to provide services to citizens. These programs have saved Indianapolis taxpayers $150 million, decreased the overall city budget, cut nonpublic safety city government employment by 42 percent. and enabled the city to increase its investment IN infrastructure repair and public safety.

Details David Lips #2563 City-County Building, 200 East Washington Street. Indianapolis IN 46204; phone, (317) 327-5806; fax (317) 327-3980.

Anoka was honored for its effective juvenile justice diversion program. The program uses public shaming, together with the support of victims and family members, to hold youthful offenders accountable for their behavior and deter future delinquent behavior. The program features intense. face-to-face conferences--among police, parents, offenders. and victims--which provoke remorse in most offenders and offer them the opportunity to make restitution for their actions.

Details: Andrew Revering, Police Chief, Anoka Police Department, 2015 1st Avenue N. Anoka MN 55303; phone. (612) 421-6632; fax, (612-422-2092.

The Public Employees Roundtable is a nonprofit, non-partisan coalition of 37 management and professional organizations representing one million public employees.

For more information on Public Service Recognition Week, contact Gretchen Hakola at (202) 927-5000; fax, (202) 927-5001. For information on NLC's community policing project, call Duke Whiteside at (202) 626-3135; fax, (202) 626-3043.
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Title Annotation:Monrovia, California
Author:Fletcher, Jeff
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:May 6, 1996
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