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Department of Justice SealCOPS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: A Letter From the Director

It gives me great pleasure to write to you about Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts September 15, the independence day of five Latin American countries, and ends October 15, shortly after Columbus Day. - Director Ronald L. Davis
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Department of Justice SealHHS and DOJ to Announce $3M Grant Awards to Support Innovative Approaches toCurb Youth Violence

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will join local officials in DeKalb County Georgia tomorrow to announce nine grant recipients of a new grant award of approximately $3 million to help curb youth violence and improve the health and well-being of underserved and distressed communities. Read More

Department of Justice SealAttorney General Holder Announces Latest Effort to Strengthen Community Policing with Approximately $124 Million Hiring Grant to Local Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorney General Eric Holder and Director Ron Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced the department's latest effort to strengthen community policing through hiring grants that will fund nearly 950 officers at 215 law enforcement agencies in cities and communities across the country. Read More

Department of Justice SealCommunity Oriented Policing Services Outlines Best Practices for Use of Body-Worn Cameras for Police Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) released Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned. The report analyzes some of the costs and benefits of law enforcement using body-worn video technology. Read More

Department of Justice SealCOPS Office Awards Nearly $5 Million for the Collaborative Reform Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) released nearly $5 million in federal funding for the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. Read More

Photo: Jennifer Thompson and Meg Morrow September, 2014 - Wrongful Convictions

In this podcast, Jennifer Thompson, the crime victim from the Ronald Cotton case in North Carolina, who misidentified the perpetrator of her rape; and Meg Morrow, attorney advisor, U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime discuss the impacts of wrongful convictions on survivors, victims of crime, and law enforcement.Read More

Photo: Mr. Eddie Lowery and Dr. Saul Kassin September, 2014 - DNA Exoneration and False Confessions

In this podcast, Mr. Eddie Lowery discusses a DNA exoneration case that was based on a false confession. The second part is with Dr. Saul Kassin, who explains the counterintuitive false confession phenomenon. Saul Kassin is a distinguished professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Massachusetts Professor of Psychology at Williams College. Read More

Photo: Chief William G. Brooks III and Major Mike Smathers September, 2014 - Police Reforms to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

In this podcast, Chief William G. Brooks III, with the Norwood Police Department in Norwood, Massachusetts, and Major Mike Smathers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, North Carolina discuss endorsing and implementing key police reforms to prevent wrongful convictions. Read More

Photo: Marvin Anderson and Dr. Jennifer Dysart September, 2014 - Eyewitness Misidentification: How it Happens and the Impact on the Innocent

In this podcast, Marvin Anderson will discuss his DNA exoneration case. The second part is with Dr. Jennifer Dysart focusing on practical information for law enforcement. Read More


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