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 For Immediate Release—Monday, March 11, 2002

COPS OFFICE TO HOST COMMUNITY POLICING CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced plans for a national community policing conference this summer. Community Policing Keeps America Safe will be held here on July 14-17, and is expected to attract 1000 police chiefs, sheriffs, and other community policing practitioners.

Community policing is police and communities working together to proactively address crime and the causes of crime, and is widely credited with reducing crime rates to record level lows in many regions of the country throughout the 1990's. In fact, a recent study found that COPS grants awarded to law enforcement agencies to hire officers to practice community policing resulted in a reduction of 5.26 violent crimes and 21.63 property crimes per 100,000 citizens for each grant dollar awarded. In these cities, COPS innovative community policing grants contributed to a decline of 12.93 violent crimes and 45.53 property crimes per 100,000 residents for each grant dollar awarded.

The conference will provide attendees with training and insight on a variety of issues that impact community policing for state and local law enforcement agencies. Conference sessions will include workshops on key community policing subjects such as; the role of community policing in homeland security; organizational changes needed in law enforcement agencies to get the most out of their community policing initiatives; developing effective community-police partnerships; the role of technology in maintaining community safety; and law enforcement ethics and integrity.

"Currently 86 percent of the nation's population is served by a law enforcement agency practicing community policing," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "Community Policing is constantly evolving, and more and more law enforcement agencies are adopting community policing because it has proven to be an effective crime fighting strategy that helps build trust between the community and police. COPS is pleased to bring police and sheriffs from across the country together to learn from each other and to become even more familiar with the many aspects of community policing."

Law enforcement practitioners may attend the conference at no-cost. However, attendance is limited to the first 1000 registrants. To request registration materials or to be notified about the availability of on-line registration, contact the Community Policing Consortium at: [toll- free] 877.561.5577 or 202.833.0196; [E-mail] copsconference@communitypolicing.org.


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