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Homeland Security through Community Policing

Every police department has a role to play in homeland security, and community policing is essential to public safety at both the local and national levels.

COPS Office resources will help you use the community policing philosophy to navigate the complexities of intelligence gathering, information sharing, privacy, and civil liberties.

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Awareness Briefs:
Focus on how domestic and international extremists of all persuasions are using social media to promote their ideologies and what community policing strategies law enforcement can use to counter these efforts Building Relationships of Trust:
Provides detailed information police officers and community members should consider when trying to build trusting relationships
  • Moving to Implementation
    Provides guidance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies; fusion centers; community members; civic groups; and other interested parties on developing relationships of trust, particularly with minority and immigrant communities in their jurisdictions
  • Recommended Steps for Chief Executives
    Assists law enforcement executives in implementing varied strategies to build communities of trust across diverse communities
  • Building Relationships of Trust Video
    Law enforcement communities throughout the United States provide insights on what is needed to build relationships of trust across diverse neighborhoods
  • Curriculum Training Modules
    Provides an in-service orientation course to assist officers in building relationships of trust
  • Community Perception Survey
    Contains a survey to distribute to community members pre- and post-implementation of a building relationships of trust initiative
  • Commonly Used Terms
    Provides descriptions of terms law enforcement officers commonly use when working with the community

Enhancing the Law Enforcement Intelligence Capacity: Recommendations from the IACP's Strategic Planning Session
Provides recommendations on developing and maintaining a criminal intelligence capacity

Integrated Intelligence and Crime Analysis
Examines the disconnect between crime analysis and intelligence analysis found in many law enforcement agencies

Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies
Covers intelligence-led policing, civil rights and privacy in the law enforcement intelligence process, public-private partnerships, fusion centers, suspicious activity, and open source information

National Summit on Intelligence: Gathering, Sharing, Analysis and Use after 9/11
Outlines ways to overcome persistent challenges in intelligence sharing

Protecting Your Community From Terrorism:
Covers an unprecedented executive session in November 2002 that brought together chief law enforcement executives, FBI Special Agents in Charge and antiterrorist experts, and other leading thinkers on how law enforcement will deal with terrorist threats

Policing Terrorism: An Executive's Guide
Focuses on terrorism prevention and preparedness for executives

Report on the National Summit on Empowering Communities to Prevent Violent Extremism
Offers a framework for law enforcement, government agencies, and communities to improve community engagement, trust building, prevention, and intervention programming regarding individuals at risk for engaging in violent extremism

Uniting Communities Post-9/11: Tactics for Cultivating Community Policing Partnerships with Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian Communities
Aims to explore how community oriented policing strategies could support homeland security initiatives while building stronger, more trustful relationships between communities and police

Using Community Policing to Counter Violent Extremism: 5 Key Principles for Law Enforcement
Discusses five key principles of community policing applied to homeland security concerns and provides practical examples from law enforcement agencies implementing community policing approaches to counter violent extremism

Partner Organizations

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Protects and defends the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, upholds and enforces the criminal laws of the United States, and provides leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners

Information-Sharing Environment
Provides policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards related to the information-sharing environment and privacy and civil liberties

Institute for Intergovernmental Research
Specializes in criminal justice, homeland security, and juvenile justice issues

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
Supports the research efforts of leading social scientists at more than 50 academic and research institutions, each of whom is conducting original investigations into fundamental questions about terrorism

National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)
Serves as the primary organization in the U.S. government for integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism possessed or acquired by the U.S. government (except purely domestic terrorism)

National Criminal Intelligence Resource Center
Provides a multitude of resources concerned with law enforcement intelligence operations and a clearinghouse for counter-terrorism-related information for local law enforcement

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Provides protection to the nation through a wide range of duties including preserving individual rights under the law (Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties) and the gathering of intelligence and information to maintain a safe, secure, and resilient homeland (Office of Intelligence and Analysis)

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