For Immediate Release
February 3, 2014
CONTACT: Corey Ray
COPS Office Highlights Depth of Community Policing Resources
Washington, D.C. - WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is currently highlighting two of its recently released resources as examples of the variety of topics that can be addressed through a community policing philosophy. Both of the resources were developed through cooperative agreements awarded under the Community Policing Development program.
These resources, which are available electronically now and will be available in print later this year, are:
Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness – A Guide for Law Enforcement: Building off of the PBS documentary film Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness, a profile of a town taking action after anti-immigrant violence devastates their community, this companion guide identifies discussion questions and community policing best practices for law enforcement representatives organizing internal agency or community screenings. The guide addresses challenges to hate crime reporting and outlines additional resources available to law enforcement, and when used in conjunction with the film, can help agencies initiate important conversations and develop proactive community policing strategies that promote mutual trust, improve hate crime reporting, and address tensions before they erupt into violence.
“Scared Straight” and Other Juvenile Awareness Programs for Preventing Juvenile Delinquency: Programs such as “Scared Straight” involve organized visits to prison facilities by juvenile delinquents or children at risk for becoming delinquent, and are meant to deter participants from future offending by providing first-hand observations of prison life and interaction with adult inmates. However, results of this review indicate that these programs not only fail to deter crime, but may actually lead to more offending behavior.
All COPS Office resources can be downloaded from the Resource Center and many can be ordered at no-cost either through the Resource Center or by contacting the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at 800.421.6770.