Community Policing in the squatter neighborhoods of Mumbai. A great approach, and one that ought to be followed in every city in the developing world. Transliterated from the Hindi, the effort is called Zopadpatti Police Panchayat, and the program has reached 132 different squatter communities in Mumbai.
The details are a bit different than community policing as it's thought of in the U.S.:
"Every Zopadpatti Police Panchayat (ZPP) comprises seven women and three men from the slums. They are empowered to hear and resolve disputes within the area
Once a dispute is brought to the ZPP’s notice—a written complaint is mandatory—the accused and victim are exhorted to arrive at an amicable solution
Case details are recorded in a register. The ZPP gathers at a date decided by the 10 heads, but in an emergency, it can be held in any place, at any time
A police inspector and constable from the local police station or the beat chowkie are always present during hearings."
The project is a joint effort between the Mumbai Police Department and the National Slum Dwellers Federation, an important squatter organizing effort founded a generation ago by Jockin Arputham, who is still a squatter in the city.
This approach is similar to a community court in Behrampada, a mostly-Muslim squatter area adjacent to Mumbai's Bandra railway station. The women of the community banded together, with the help of the local Navjeet Community Center, to hear cases. Those they don't solve, they are empowered to refer for court or police action.