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Welcome to Melrose High Hopes Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council Beat 27X
This is the Web site for the Oakland, California community policing beat in the Fairfax-Melrose neighborhood. The boundaries of Beat 27X are High St. to Brookdale Ave. to 55th Ave. to Bancroft Ave. to Bancroft Way to International Blvd. (E. 14th St.) and back to High St.
Photo above is a group of neighbors about to set off on one of our monthly neighborhood walks to explore our neighborhood.
Description of the NCPC program
For the purpose of community policing, the City of Oakland is divided into three police service areas (PSA) and 57 police beats. Community policing allows neighbors to work together with police and other city officials and agencies to create a strategy for crime prevention. The division into 57 beats allows participants to work on a micro level to identify problems and solutions pertinent to a particular neighborhood. Ideally, communication among beats and between the police, other city officials and employees, neighbors, and relevant local organizations allows city-wide information to be shared.
Melrose High Hopes Beat 27X Goals
Melrose High Hopes Beat 27X is an offshoot of one of the first community policing organizations in the city. For more information about Beat 27x, see our History of The Beat section below.
Goals of this beat include crime prevention and awareness and a commitment to quality of life issues including community building/ getting to know your neighbors, beautification, Horace Mann Elementary School support, Courtland Creek preservation.
To reach these goals, we hold meetings each month on the third Thursday , a multi-neighborhood Block Party in the summer, and a Thanksgiving potluck at our November meeting where we also collect food for distribution to needy families.
Overall Goals of the NCPC
Communicate crime concerns to OPD and other government officials, monitor follow-up, and take action toward creating and preserving safe neighborhoods.
Communicate traffic hazards including illegal sideshows to police and relevant governmental officials, monitor follow up and take action to assure correction.
Hold annual events to get to know neighbors including Block Party and Thanksgiving potluck and food distribution.
Participate in annual Creek to Bay and Earth Day events, clean up and plant traffic islands, create and maintain Horace Mann school gardens, clean up and beautify Courtland Creek.
Horace Mann Elementary School
Support our adopted neighborhood school, Horace Mann Elementary.
NCPC Beat 27X is also the umbrella organization for the area Neighborhood Watch (NW). You can find some information on NW in our neighborhoods here . For some very basic and general information, go to to OPD's NW page Neighborhood Watch ~ City of Oakland, California.
Melrose High Hopes History of the Beat
In 1994, the city instituted Community Policing. The High Street Neighborhood Alliance served as a prototype for what are now the 57 Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils that now serve the city of Oakland. We'll have more about the history of Community Policing in Oakland and our own Beat 27X in coming months. Meanwhile, keep alert and keep in touch with your neighbors about changes to Community Policing and the role of NCPCs, especially in light of the city's financial situation.