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Star For Immediate Release
April 30, 2015

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger
mary.brandenberger@usdoj.gov
202-514-5328


U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to provide assistance to Tampa Police Department

TAMPA, FLORIDA - The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services today announced it will offer Critical Response for Technical Assistance to the Tampa Police Department to do a comprehensive analysis of their stop and ticketing data, including bicycle law enforcement. The goal is to identify whether racial disparities exist in the department's stops and the issuance of tickets, determine the reason behind any disparities, and provide recommendations to address such.

“We commend the Tampa Police Department for reaching out and asking for assistance,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “We believe our assessment and the data analysis presented may serve as a blueprint for other police departments across the country who want to develop the capacity to provide their own analysis of data they have available.”

The Critical Response for Technical Assistance program was designed to provide targeted technical assistance to law enforcement agencies dealing with high-profile events, major incidents or sensitive issues of varying need.

While the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies may differ from one jurisdiction to the next, if left unresolved they can create tension and stress for the law enforcement agency, its officers and the community they serve.

The goal of critical response is to institutionalize and operationalize community policing as a core fundamental philosophy for law enforcement agencies engaging their communities. It also aims to build community trust through positive community perception of law enforcement legitimacy and fairness.

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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