COPS Conference Recap

2011 Cops Conference Highlights

At the beginning of August, the COPS Office brought together more than 1100 law enforcement professionals, practitioners, researchers, and community members from jurisdictions across the country, as well as across the globe for a two-day conference on Advancing Public Safety in a New Economy. Read More...


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One-on-One with Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah

Recently, the CP Dispatch’s Zoe Mentel talked with Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City about the city’s new public safety building, which is currently under construction. This new “net-zero” building will produce at least as much energy as it consumes, while providing an inviting space for law enforcement and community members to interact. Read More


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DNA and the National Institute of Justice

Everyone knows that DNA can play an important role in criminal investigations—we see that every day on the numerous police procedurals that crowd our television line-up. Many people who work within the criminal justice system are also aware that backlogs for processing DNA evidence can make the reality of working with crime scene DNA very different from the experience portrayed by their fictional counterparts. Read More...


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Celebrate Safe Communities for Crime Prevention Month This October

Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC) is crime prevention done the right way—local people working with local law enforcement to address local issues. CSC began in 2008 as a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)-funded initiative of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association, to kick-off Crime Prevention Month. Read More...

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Director MelekianOur profession, the profession of keeping the peace and enforcing the law, is changing. This change is being driven not only by the economy, but also by changing societal expectations. It isn’t clear what the end result of this change will be, but what is clear is that to truly be a profession we need to have a shared mission, a shared vocabulary, and a shared body of knowledge. Read More...

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Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement The guide covers all aspects of pre-event planning, security needs during the event, and post-event activities. Read more...

First-Line Supervision under Compstat and Community Policing: Lessons from Six Agencies This report is the third in a series studying this co-implementation issue, focusing on how these reforms have affected supervisory practices unevenly. Read More...

Establishing Appropriate Staffing Levels for Campus Public Safety DepartmentsThis publication identifies the factors and considerations that impact staffing. Read More

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