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Star For Immediate Release
March 12, 2015

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger
mary.brandenberger@usdoj.gov


U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Office Begins Collaborative Reform Initiative Process With Salinas Police Department

Salinas, CA - The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announced today the start of the Collaborative Reform Initiative process with the Salinas Police Department. The chief goal of the review with the police department will be to improve and sustain the responsiveness and accountability to the community taking into account national standards, best practices, existing research and community expectations.

"The collaborative reform initiative work we begin today is just that – a collaboration,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “It is important to note this is a voluntary assessment that the police department has entered into willingly and the department's cooperation is critical to its success. I am confident Chief McMillin, the entire police department, and the community will be full partners in this collaborative work."

The COPS Office’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance is an independent and objective way to transform a law enforcement agency through an analysis of policies, practices, training, tactics and accountability methods around key issues facing law enforcement today. The initiative is designed to provide technical assistance to agencies facing significant law enforcement-related issues. Using subject matter experts, interviews and direct observations, as well as conducting extensive research and analysis, the COPS Office assists law enforcement agencies in enhancing and improving their policies and procedures, operating systems and professional culture.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, 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 more than 126,000 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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