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The COPS Office

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. COPS does its work principally by sharing information and making grants to police departments around the United States.

The Community Policing Learning Portal

With easy-to-use, interactive online community policing courses and resources, the COPS Office Community Policing Learning Portal provides, free of charge, community policing training and tools to law enforcement, citizens, COPS grantees and community policing instructors.

Community Policing Dispatch

The Community Policing Dispatch is the e-newsletter of the COPS Office. It aims to educate readers about a variety of criminal justice issues that affect the implementation of community policing and to assist law enforcement practitioners in more effectively addressing crime and social disorder in their communities.

Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (POP Center)

The mission of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies. It does so by making readily accessible information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems.

Hiring in the Spirit of Service

Hiring in the Spirit of Service (HSS) is federally funded project that reflects major change in policing. In designated communities, HSS-participating agencies are enlisting the community to help them carry out one of the most significant and fundamental processes in law enforcement agency—recruiting and hiring of service-oriented law enforcement personnel. The final report presents findings from the HSS project. It was supported by cooperative agreement awarded to the Community Policing Consortium (CPC) by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Police Services (the COPS Office).

IACP Community Policing Committee

The IACP Community Policing Committee was established to study community policing strategies and operations. The committee works to define community policing and create standardized criteria for agencies employing it; formulate model policies and procedures for community police operations; sponsor, evaluate, and publish community-oriented policing research; coordinate and distribute literature and other community police resource and reference materials; develop and distribute community policing training curriculum and other learning materials for all levels of police personnel; compile a network of professional law enforcement and academic experts and contact persons on community policing; identify, reward, and portray as models agencies that have successfully implemented community-policing programs; and establish links with non-law enforcement social and human service agencies toward enhanced communication, training, and mutual problem solving.