What is Cal-DOCA?
The California Design Out Crime Association, Cal-DOCA, starting as the Law Enforcement Environmental
Planning Association of California, dedicated to the improvement of the safety and quality of life through
the use of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in local building, planning, and zoning
processes in California communities.
In contrast to fire departments, law enforcement agencies rarely have had an opportunity to review plans
for new development and recommend design changes to make the projects less vulnerable to crime.
Cal-DOCA (then LEEPAC) evolved from a 1989 meeting of Crime Prevention Officers who gathered to
examine this problem and share ideas about a solution. First addressed was the proliferation of
convenience stores and mini-marts and their inherent risks. LEEPAC developed a set of standards for these
businesses covering such issues as minimum lighting, positioning of check-out stands, security of alcohol, and posting on the
property against open alcohol containers. Many member agencies are now using these standards as conditions for approval for new convenience stores and mini-marts within their jurisdictions. LEEPAC has since developed a standards manual to address all types of land use. This collection of concepts and alternatives directly addresses many urban security problems. Developers, design professionals, and the public now have the ability to reduce criminal opportunity at the initial planning stages of a development.
Charter members of the Association include the Sacramento and El Dorado County Sheriff's Offices, and the Roseville, West Sacramento, Sacramento, Placerville and Vallejo Police Departments.
California Design Out Crime Association