San Diego has moved away from the community policing, crime prevention strategy it championed in the 1990s and to understand this shift, look to something called the Goldstein Award.
The award honors the best practices in problem-oriented policing, a concept developed by University of Wisconsin researcher Herman Goldstein that promotes police working alongside the community to address chronic issues.
The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing presents the award each year. Up until 2003, when Bill Lansdowne became the city’s police chief, San Diego submitted an average of five projects each year for the award. Since 2003, it’s submitted just two.