The Norristown New Horizons Collaborative is the Municipality of Norristown’s new way of doing business. New Horizons is an innovative program aimed to strengthen the relationship between residents and municipal staff and seeks to empower citizens to address some of the most pressing issues and quality of life concerns in their neighborhood.


Working with the New Horizons Team, residents are able to assist in coordinating the actions of Municipal operations as well as state, federal, and private partner organizations in helping those in our target neighborhoods realize their community vision - one block at a time. Together, residents and the Municipality will embark on a New Horizon for Norristown!


If you or your group are interested in volunteering please send an email to the Coordinator of New Horizons,

Kristi Barletta, at, or call her at 610-270-0470,





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Accomplishments 2017:

2017 Accomplishments:


· Target Zone III has been identified as the 500-1000 Blks of Green St. In 2016, there were 189 Part I & II Crimes that occurred in this location. 


· Riverfront Park clean-up was completed on 5/7/2017


·  Surveys were completed by Kristi Barletta and members of the Police Department on 5/31/2017 in Target Zone III. 


· On June 26, 2017 Deep Impact Group completed a clean-up in Target Zone I. On June 27 2017, Deep Impact Group completed a clean-up in Target Zone II. On June 29, 2017 Deep Impact group completed a clean-up in Target Zone III.


· Kristi Barletta became a member of the board affiliated with Keep America Beautiful to assist in coordinating programs and events to work with residents, community groups and businesses to address the issues of littering and beautification in Norristown.


· On August 17, 2017 the Norristown Police held a multi-agency intelligence meeting to discuss the recent violent crimes in Norristown & Pottstown . 


· A meeting was held with Management of Elmwood Lodge (TZIII) and NPD Command Staff to discuss current issues that are surrounding this establishment. 


· We identified and discussed the impact of Your Way Home on the community.


· Kristi Barletta attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia on October 21st –24th.


· A Keep Norristown Beautiful meeting occurred on November 8, 2017 to determine litter/dumping hotspots.


· Police identified locations within the NH Target Zones as part of the Narcotics audit.


  • The increase in directed patrols represents an increase in community engagement and changes in operational priorities. 
• The increase in CFS represents an increase in community trust.




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Overview of 2016 Events:

· The Great American Cleanup was held on 5/7/2016. We had 121 volunteers participate. 51 were under the age of 18 and 70 were adults. We covered 2 miles of road and 64 acres in parks.


· The Norristown Police Department held a discussion with residents in Target Zone II on June 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM on the 1000 block of Willow. The purpose of this discussion was to increase relationships and gain feedback to improve the quality of life in the community.


·  On June 7th, officers served water ice to the residents in Target Zone II. The event was designed to improve relationships with citizens in the area, decrease crime and the fear of crime.


· The Police and Public Works Department worked with a mission group the week of June 27th-July 1st, to clean up and revitalize Target Zones I and II.


· The COPE Unit conducted a neighborhood canvas in Target Zone II. They have identified and addressed concerns that were expressed by the community. 


· National Week Out planning was coordinated between the Police, Fire and Town Watch Departments. It took place on August 2nd-August 4th. Two out of the 3 events took place in the area of Target Zones I & II.


· On September 23rd, Chief Talbot and Captain Clowser attended a community meeting at Mt Zion Church at 1312 Willow Street, located in Target Zone 2, at 7 pm on Friday night. The meeting was very well attended. Gabriele Prete streamed the event live on Facebook. 


· The Landlord Expo took place on Tuesday, September 27th. We had approximately 50 participants between the morning and evening sessions.


· The police department held a Coffee with a Cop in Target Zone 2 on October 18th.


· Information was distributed to a Target Zone 2 contact offering information about upcoming juvenile activities due to feedback Kristi has received.





The Great Norristown Clean-Up 2016



New Horizons Zone 1

Lafayette Street from Haws Ave to Pearl Street

Chain Street from Lafayette Street to Main Street

Pearl Street from Lafayette Street to Main Street









New Horizons Zone 2

Willow Street from Elm Street to Fornance Street

Spruce Street from Powell Street to DeKalb Street













New Horizons Zone 3

Green Street 500-1,000 blocks






Municipality of Norristown
235 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Phone: 610-272-8080
Fax: 610-275-0687

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