Central West End Introduces the Neighborhood Ownership Model
The Central West End will soon be adopting even more plans provide a safe and enjoyable environment for its residents and visitors by implementing a Neighborhood Ownership Model. The Neighborhood Security Initiative will be working alongside of Ninth District Neighborhood Ownership Model Officer Paul Henkhaus to bring the program into the Central West End.
The Neighborhood Ownership Model is described by the Circuit Attorney’s Office as a “citizen-led program that is supported by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of the Mayor.” The program is based upon several factors, the main objective stating “Citizen Involvement is the most effective crime fighting tool there is.” The idea is clear: “When the public works with the police, prosecutors and courts, they have more power than all law enforcement agencies combined.”
There are three general categories in the Neighborhood Ownership Model plan, tailored to helping citizens take control, or “own” their neighborhood. These include citizen-based solutions (crime prevention education, neighborhood safety meetings, ect), government partnerships (court advocacy and neighborhood orders of protection), and technology-based solutions (cameras and crime alert emails).
The Neighborhood Security Initiative recently spoke with Officer Paul Henkhaus about his history with the Central West End, what makes this neighborhood different among other 9th district areas implementing the plan, and when we will see the Central West End Neighborhood Ownership Model finalized.
“I was assigned to patrol the CWE on several occasions while working in the 9th district and one of the nicest places I’ve been to, not just in the city but in the region and the country. It is a model neighborhood for retail, residential, hotels, and businesses.
The Central West End is unique in the fact that it has the Neighborhood Security Initiative in place. The necessity for community involvement relative to citizen patrol is not as important as in other neighborhoods. This is because the police are doing this in a secondary capacity through the NSI. That is probably the biggest difference between the CWE and every other neighborhood (in the 9th district).
A lot of the steps (to starting the Neighborhood Ownership Model in the Central West End) have already been implemented. Obviously the Neighborhood Security Initiative is a huge key because a lot has been implemented 3 or 4 years ago: the hiring of the court advocate and the victim support portion, and the fact that The City’s Finest patrol the streets in a secondary capacity. These three portions of the Neighborhood Ownership Model are already filled. The last portion of the Neighborhood Ownership is a police substation. The substation will likely be approved by the Board of Police Commissioners in the next couple of months and will be located at 447 N. Euclid, the office of the NSI. I can see this all being implemented in the CWE in the next two to three months.”