Columbia Police Department: Pro-Active Community Enforcement - Columbia Police Department

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The mission of the Columbia Police Department’s Pro-Active Community Enforcement (PACE) unit is to establish an active partnership between the Columbia Police Department and the Communities of the City of Columbia to analyze problems, design and implement solutions and services that are truly community based. In turn, joint responsibility and capacity will be shared by the community and police personnel, creating empowerment for the community to help solve crime issues. The (PACE) team accomplishes this using  Intelligence lead policing technique, Solution based policing, and Community Oriented Policing combind. This will ultimately “establish relationships, build public trust, and earn citizen confidence while reducing crime, to make Columbia the safest City in South Carolina.”

Community Partnerships
Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.

  • Other Government Agencies

  • Community Members/Groups

  • Nonprofits/Service Providers

  • Private Businesses

  • Media

Organizational Transformation

The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving.

Agency Management

  • Climate and culture

  • Leadership

  • Labor relations

  • Decision-making

  • Strategic planning

  • Policies

  • Organizational evaluations

  • Transparency

  • Organizational Structure

Geographic assignment of officers

  • Despecialization

  • Resources and finances


  • Recruitment, hiring, and selection

  • Personnel supervision/evaluations

  • Training

Information Systems (Technology)

  • Communication/access to data

  • Quality and accuracy of data

Problem Solving

The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and rigorously evaluate effective responses.

  • Scanning: Identifying and prioritizing problems

  • Analysis: Researching what is known about the problem

  • Response: Developing solutions to bring about lasting reductions in the number and extent of problems

  • Assessment: Evaluating the success of the responses

  • Using the crime triangle to focus on immediate conditions (victim/offender/location)


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