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The COPS Office works to provide solutions to help law enforcement agencies and communities strengthen trust and collaboration, ensuring public safety through meaningful cooperation.

Building Blocks of Community Policing

Promoting trust and ensuring legtimacy through procedural justice, transparency, accountability, and honest recognition of past and present obstacles
Encouraging the implementation of policies that support community-based partnerships in the reduction of crime
Developing comprehensive and responsive policies on key topics while also implementing formal checks/balances and data collection/analysis
Emphasizing the importance of high quality and effective training and education through partnerships with local and national training facilities
Balancing the embrace of technology and digital communications with local needs, privacy, assessments, and monitoring
Endorsing practices that support officer wellness and safety through the re-evaluation of officer shift hours and data collection/analysis to help prevent officer injuries

>> Review our Officer Wellness & Safety Resources

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In May 2016, the COPS Office launched the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative, which will provide hands-on assessments and technical assistance to a cohort of law enforcement agencies that have already made strides in advancing community policing in their areas. The project will also produce guiding materials for other agencies to use in their efforts to advance those policing practices. Sites participating in the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative include the following:

  • Tucson Police Department (AZ)
  • Indio Police Department (CA)
  • Doral Police Department (FL)
  • Atlanta Police Department (GA)
  • Louisville Metro Police Department (KY)
  • Lowell Police Department (MA)
  • Hennepin County Sheriff's Department (MN)
  • Camden County Police Department (NJ)
  • Albany Police Department (NY)
  • Columbia Police Department (SC)
  • South Dakota Highway Patrol
  • Arlington Police Department (TX)
  • San Antonio Police Department (TX)
  • Kewaunee County Sheriff's Office (WI)
  • Gun Lake Tribal Police Department, Band of Pottawatomi Indians (MI)