The 2012 COPS Hiring Program

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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is excited to announce the 2012 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). CHP will provide $111 million directly to law enforcement agencies to hire, retain, and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Read More


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The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation is Open!

The Justice Department is pleased to announce that the Fiscal Year 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is now available at the Tribal Justice and Safety website. Read More


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Tribal Law Enforcement Executive Leadership

Nearly every police executive in the nation, whether from a large metropolitan department or a small-town agency, faces issues and opportunities, but in the Native American community, the law enforcement leader must address a unique set of challenges and concerns. Read More


Do The Right Thing Program – A Miami Policing Success Story

For over 20 years, the Miami (Florida) Police Department’s Do The Right Thing (DTRT) Program has served as a major community policing initiative, targeting the city’s 400,000 plus students in the nation’s fourth largest school district. Read More




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Spotlight on Business Improvement Districts

There are over 1,200 Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across the country. Although there are numerous names used for these special tax districts, BID seems to be the most common. Read More


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COPS Office Gears Up for the 22nd Annual IPMBA Conference

COPS Office Principal Deputy Director Josh Ederheimer will be delivering the keynote speech, and in that role he will call attention to law enforcement’s often over-looked bicycle officers. Read More


The COPS Office and Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group Partnership

The COPS Office is pleased to continue our partnership with the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Coordinating Group (CCJG). Read More


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VIPS – Celebrating a Decade of Service

This year the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program will celebrate its tenth year of providing support and resources to state, local, territorial, tribal, and campus law enforcement agencies to assist in their use of volunteers. Read More

Did You Know…?

Man’s Best Friend: The Police Dog

One of the earliest accounts of a dog serving man as a detective dates from the reign of Pyrrhus (300-272 BC), King of Epirus (ancient Greece) in the Third Century BC.

In that instance, a slave was killed by two men, with only his dog as witness. The King passed by and seeing the aftermath, had the body buried and took the dog with him. The dog stayed with the King, going everywhere with him, until one day the King was reviewing his troops. As the soldiers passed by, Police officer with his dogthe dog suddenly attacked two of them, nearly tearing them apart—but prompting a confession from both of them of their guilt of killing the slave as they tried to avoid the fury of the dog.

Today, police dogs are recognized as a vital part of law enforcement. They serve positions such as search and rescue, detection or explosive-sniffing dogs, arson dogs, and cadaver dogs.

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Director's Column

Director MelekianIn recent months, we have been working with other components within the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop a model for assisting agencies who want to enhance and improve their systems and policies, but whose current situations do not rise to the level of requiring a pattern and practice investigation. Read More....

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New from COPS

Leadership for Public Safety: Professional Dimensions of Leadership in Law Enforcement provides strategies, best practices, and recommendations for public safety agencies seeking to develop or already engaged in interagency communications projects. Read More

Strategic Communication Practices: A Toolkit for Police Executives was developed to help police executives communicate more effectively with their communities and organizations. Read More

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