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Star For Immediate Release
April 14, 2015

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger
mary.brandenberger@usdoj.gov
202-598-6624


U.S. Department of Justice launches collaborative reform process with Calexico Police Department

CALEXICO, Calif. - The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services today announced the start of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance with the Calexico Police Department.

“The COPS Office will conduct a thorough, independent assessment of the Calexico Police Department's policies, practices and responsiveness to the community to ensure that they are taking into account national standards and community expectations,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “Through this process, the Justice Department is committed to identifying organizational deficiencies, recommending best practices, and providing technical assistance to help strengthen the Calexico Police Department.”

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 is currently providing CRI-TA in Spokane, Wash.; Philadelphia; St. Louis; Baltimore; Salinas, Calif.; and Fayetteville, N.C., and has completed the process in Las Vegas.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded more than $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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