Lessons from the Street: Capacity Building and Replication
Appendix 6 ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings
ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings
PETER JENNINGS: Tomorrow, the Milton Eisenhower
Foundation is going to release a report on a program that is reducing the
crime rates in a number of American cities with remarkable success. It is
a simple, but very effective idea called the koban. And it comes from Japan.
Here's ABC's Deborah Amos.
DEBORAH AMOS, ABC News (Voice Over): This is a
Japanese koban, a neighborhood center where police are also neighborhood helpers.
With thousands of kobans in Japan, the country is one of the safest in the world.
This is a koban in Columbia, South Carolina, and a model for community policing
borrowed from Japan. Home base is Gonzales Gardens, a housing project once plagued
by drugs and nightly gunfire.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, Koban, Inc.: The reason why the
koban is located in this building is because that corner was a drug-infested
corner. Now the corner is drug free.
DEBORAH AMOS (On Camera): In fact, serious crime
has dropped by about a third with the koban program. The crime rate in the rest
of Columbia stayed the same. But there's more to this new kind of community
policing. Borrowing another idea from Japan, officers are all-purpose neighborhood
DEBORAH AMOS (Voice-Over) With the koban right
in the neighborhood, police come when there's family trouble.
Officer ALBERTUS COCKLIN, Columbia, South Carolina Police:
If they have a problem, the first place they run is to me, you know?
If their parents are not home, they run and get Officer Cocklin.
Officer MARGARET YARBOROUGH, Columbia South Carolina Police:
Part of the koban program is being there all the time. They see us as
human beings. We take off the uniform sometimes and go out and play a basketball
DEBORAH AMOS (Voice-Over): Or toss a football with
teenagers, encouraging long-term relationships that expand the koban program
well beyond American standards of community policing -- with a mentoring program,
coordination with community groups, and cooperation with local schools. Police
officers even check on schoolwork.
MARGARET YARBOROUGH: Have you done your homework
MARGARET YARBOROUGH: Who checked it for you?
DEBORAH AMOS (Voice-Over): They provide a safe
haven to go after school, when crime is most likely to happen. Here, they meet
role models and learn paths to success. The best measure of success is in these
faces here. Deborah Amos, ABC News, Columbia, South Carolina.
For more on capacity building and replication, contact Dorothy A. Coleman at the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation at 202/429-0440.