For Immediate Release
December 11, 2014
CONTACT: Dean M. Kueter, Jr
COPS OFFICE AND PERF ARRANGE OPEN DISCUSSION ON CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING AND COMMUNITY POLICING
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) met with police executives, DOJ officials, academics and other experts to discuss constitutional policing as a cornerstone of community policing. This convening was in direct response to President Obama's recently announced plan to strengthen community policing and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
“Public safety is not just about the absence of crime, it must include the presence of justice,” said Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office. “This conversation brings together great thinkers in law enforcement to discuss these important issues.
In the one-day session, participants discuss relationship building and the value of interpersonal communications. The session also includes a number of interactive panels and facilitated discussions on topics ranging from “stop, question and frisk” policies and use of force, to and the culture of police organizations.
“Moving forward, we hope this will be a valuable starting point for discussions across the country about developing close ties between police and communities,” said Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of PERF.
Following this one day event, COPS and PERF will publish the outcomes of the session and make it available to law enforcement executives across the Nation. The resource will assist agencies, large and small, with issues in their own communities.
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.