2012 CHP Announcement

Vets to Cops

On Monday, June 25, 2012 the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced funding awards to over 220 cities and counties, aimed at creating or saving approximately 800 law enforcement positions. The grants will fund over 600 new law enforcement positions and save an additional 200 positions recently lost or in jeopardy of being cut due to local budget cuts. Read More


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One on One with…Truckers Against Trafficking

In just a few short years the organization known as Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) has made tremendous strides in engaging the trucking industry in the fight against human trafficking. Read More


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Campus Sentinel

Campus Sentinel is a free mobile app for the iOS platform (iPhone, iPad, and iPod) that provides campus crime statistics, safety resources, and security news and information for over 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States. Read More


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Comprehensive Training in Identifying Suspicious Behavior

Every day, in the course of their duties, law enforcement officers observe suspicious behaviors and receive reports from concerned civilians, private security, and other government agencies. Read More


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Honoring the Call for Service: National Police Week

Every May, the COPS Office actively participates in honoring the memory of the men and women of law enforcement who have given their lives while performing their duties as an officer or deputy. Every year, tens of thousands of survivors and supporters of law enforcement come to Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to those who have chosen to serve their communities every day, and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Read More


Did You Know…?

That these laws were—or still may be—real?

  • Illinois: It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets.
  • Indiana: Liquor stores can’t sell milk or cold soft drinks.
  • Iowa: A man with a moustache can’t kiss a woman in public.
  • Kansas: It’s illegal for restaurants to sell cherry pie à la mode on Sundays.
  • Kentucky: One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.
  • Louisiana: It’s illegal to wear an alligator costume.
  • Maine: The most money one can legally win gambling is $3.
  • Maryland: It’s Illegal to mistreat oysters.
  • Massachusetts: It’s illegal to wear a goatee without a license.
  • Michigan: Under state law dentists are officially classified as “mechanics.”
  • Minnesota: All men riding motorcycles must wear shirts.
  • Mississippi: Horses are not to be housed within 50 feet of any road.

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Director's Column

Director MelekianDuring the last week of June I had the pleasure of announcing the 2012 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) awards. As I discussed last month, this year we altered the program to promote the hiring of military veterans into new officer positions and why we thought that was important. Read More....

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Interoperable Communications Technology Program (ICTP) Assessment: Best Practices & Lessons Learned From 2003 to 2006, the COPS Office awarded Interoperable Communications Technology Program grants to public safety agencies to enhance voice communications interoperability and data sharing. Read More

BOLO Newsbrief: Police Consolidation, Regionalization, and Shared Services To facilitate the sharing of research and experience-based lessons on regionalization, consolidation, and shared police services, the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Criminal Justice, through its Police Executive Development Series, hosted more than 75 national and Michigan police leaders at a 3 day event.
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