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Star For Immediate Release
June 26, 2014

CONTACT: Dean Kueter
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COPS Office Highlights Building Trust With Communities of Color in June Issue of “The Beat”

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released the June episode of “The Beat” centered around building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The COPS Office talked to leaders in the field who are developing and implementing creative and progressive strategies within their communities. This month’s Podcast series (“The Beat”) is dedicated to those efforts and highlights the great work of five national leaders including Chiefs Hassan Aden, Chris Magnus, and Rick Myers; Commissioner Bill Bratton; and Reverend Jeff Brown.

“The COPS Office is committed to promoting promising practices to assist the field in building relationships based on mutual understanding, respect, and trust. The leaders we have featured on The Beat provide real world examples of how law enforcement agencies can help ensure that the populations they serve enjoy safe and just communities for generations to come,” said COPS Director Ronald Davis.

The COPS Office has made building trust in our communities’ one of its top priorities. On April 4, 2014, the COPS Office hosted the “Strengthening the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color” forum in New York City. The forum gave local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as community leaders and other criminal justice stakeholders, the opportunity to identify ways law enforcement can build trust in all of our communities.

The New York City Forum will be followed by a publication highlighting ways that law enforcement and community leaders found ways to come together to strengthen the communities they serve and made recommendations on what the field can do to build trust in their own communities as well.

All COPS Office “The Beat” podcasts can be found on our website. If you have further questions concerning the podcasts, contact the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at 800.421.6770.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing public safety through community policing. Since 1995, it has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance.