For years, Phillips community residents and Abbott Northwestern Hospital employees
have come together to discuss neighborhood safety concerns and plan crime prevention
actions. The partnerships we have participated in over the years have brought a significant
reduction of serious crime to Phillips and its surrounding areas. Examples of these partnerships include:
The Community Crime Prevention Initiative (CCPI), which meets the fourth Tuesday of
each month at Abbott Northwestern. The concept behind CCPI is broader than crime prevention.
CCPI also functions as a tool to develop and strengthen community involvement and raise
Minnesota HEALS (Hope, Education And Law and Safety), which is a collaboration of
government agencies, community groups, law enforcement and private corporations that began
working together on tough issues of crime and violence. This group helped create a place
where their organizations could begin to work together in a systematic way. An example is
CODEFOR, which fights crime by supporting community-oriented policing and other strategies to
anticipate, track and respond to crime.