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Star For Immediate Release
October 15, 2015

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger

U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Office partners with Police Executive Research Forum to host forum on policing issues in military communities

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in partnership with the Police Executive Research Forum today is bringing together police executives and military partners from across the country to discuss unique law enforcement issues present in jurisdictions with a strong military presence.

Participants will gather in Fayetteville, N.C., home to a large military community, to share lessons learned and promising practices to address systemic problems concerning military members and dependents in their communities. Key topics of discussion will include human trafficking, and mental health issues such as prescription drug abuse and military-connected suicide.

“I want to commend Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock and Killeen, Texas Police Chief Dennis Baldwin for bringing this important issue to the attention of the COPS Office,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “Today's exchange of ideas and experiences will help strengthen the relationships between local agencies and the military-based communities they serve.

The forum will also focus on interagency coordination and jurisdictional issues, institutionalizing relationships between law enforcement and the military, critical response capabilities and interoperability. Participants will identify best practices for partnerships between civilian and military communities, and help identify and develop solutions to common issues.

The COPS Office and PERF will develop a report summarizing the proceedings of the forum, including lessons learned, promising practices and potential community partnerships necessary to develop effective responses to human trafficking, prescription drug abuse and diversion, and military-connected suicide for law enforcement agencies policing in military communities.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office 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 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit