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Star For Immediate Release
September 18, 2015

CONTACT: Shannon Long

U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services hosts forum on preventing violent extremism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In partnership with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today will convene law enforcement executives and community partners from across the country to learn from their peers about innovative strategies aimed at building community resilience to violent extremism.

“Building and strengthening relationships between law enforcement and all segments of the community can help to minimize the terror threats facing the United States today,” said COPS Office Deputy Director Sandra Webb. “In that spirit, police and sheriffs' departments nationwide are implementing community-based approaches to build resilience against violent extremism.”

The purpose of the meeting, being held in Minneapolis, Minn., is to provide a forum for state and local law enforcement executives and community members to exchange ideas and share lessons learned on how to develop partnerships to build resilient communities.

Participants will hear directly from law enforcement executives and community partners that have developed and implemented community engagement, prevention and intervention initiatives. In addition to looking at promising and effective approaches, participants will also examine the importance of diverse communities, the role of faith partners and other critical issues.

Police executives and community partners from Boise, Iowa; Chicago, Ill.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Denver, Colo.; Houston, Texas; Loudoun County, Va.; Spokane, Wash.; Seattle, Wash.; Tukwila, Wash.; and Wayne County, Mich. are attending the forum.

The COPS Office and PERF will develop a report summarizing the proceedings of the forum, including lessons learned and recommendations for other jurisdictions across the country interested in developing a framework that builds community resilience against the threat of violent extremism that may impact their own communities. A report summarizing a related forum held last year, the National Summit on Empowering Communities to Prevent Violent Extremism, is now available at

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has invested 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 Office, please visit