Community Capitals Policing merges food economy and public safety, repairing decades of harm


  • Martin J. Neideffer Alameda County Sheriff’s Office



Community Capitals Policing, Public Safety, Circular Food Economy, Community Capitals Framework, Food Dignity, Local Food Systems


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A local, circular food economy like the one we are building in Alameda County, California, will not only alleviate food insecurity, create jobs, and improve the environment, it is also a center­piece of our 15-year-long effort to strengthen social cohesion, repair trust, and improve public safety through a revolutionary new approach to policing. 

More than 15 years ago, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office launched a new brand of public safety, called Community Capitals Policing,[1] in Ashland and Cherryland, two unincorporated communities just south of Oakland, California. These communities have experienced dispropor­tionate levels of crime, poverty, disinvestment, disease, unemployment, and blight since the late 1970s.

Our work, based on the community capitals framework (Fey, Bregendahl, & Flora, 2006), is taking a systems-level approach to repair the harm done to the community over decades of systemic racism and neglect. The work is informed by a seven-year project called Food Dignity, funded by a US$5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. . . .

[1] See more about Community Capitals Policing at


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Author Biography

Martin J. Neideffer, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office


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How to Cite

Neideffer, M. (2020). Community Capitals Policing merges food economy and public safety, repairing decades of harm. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 247–249.



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