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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Criminal Justice: M.S.


Criminal Justice


School of Public Affairs

First Advisor

Douglas Gilbertson

Second Advisor

Dick Andzenge

Third Advisor

Christopher Lehman

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Keywords and Subject Headings

COP House, Community Oriented Policing


In August of 2017, The city of St. Cloud, Minnesota, opened up the first Community OutPost House (COP House) in the state. The COP House is a community oriented policing initiative that moves members of the St. Cloud Police Department and other organizations into a home within a crime-ridden area. The main objectives of this initiative are to increase trust in police, reduce crime, and improve the community as a whole. A one-year period of crime data taken from around the COP House was broken down into two six-month increments and analyzed to determine whether the COP House had an affect on crime within the South Side Area. Three categories of crime were analyzed, including drug, violent, and property crimes. Drug and violent crime decreased overall, but the results for all three categories were found to have no statistical significance.