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Star For Immediate Release
November 20, 2014

CONTACT: Dean M. Kueter, Jr
(202) 305-5012


U.S. Department of Justice Continues Dialogue With Law Enforcement Management and Labor Leaders to Find Common Ground on Critical Issues

COPS OFFICE TO WORK ON SALARY AND BENEFITS ISSUES, OFFICER SAFETY AND WELLNESS, DIVERSITY IN THE WORKFORCE, AND TECHNOLOGY

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - Today the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) reconvened police executives, labor leaders, and other experts to discuss the role that labor/management relationships play in addressing current issues in policing to follow-up on a forum held in Washington, D.C. last April. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), with funding from the COPS Office arranged both today's meeting and the previous meeting of the group. The meeting is being held at the Philadelphia FOP Lodge #5.

Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office said, “Given the progress made at the first meeting, it was only natural to continue the conversation and given the scope of the issues we are discussing, this is clearly not a single day project but instead an ongoing effort.”

Last April, participants agreed to continue work on the following:

The goal of this meeting is to reach consensus on concrete steps to address the important topics that were raised at the April session. Moving beyond just a surface discussion of the issues, the group will identify specific strategies that are useful for labor and management leaders as they work together to confront the challenges that their departments face. Following this one day event, COPS and PERF will publish a document based on the proceedings of the two meetings that will be available to law enforcement executives and labor leaders across the Nation to help them address these issues in their own agencies.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS 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.

For additional information about COPS, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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