ABOUT THE COPS OFFICE

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

Community policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect between police and communities. It is critical to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address our nation's crime challenges. When police and communities collaborate, they more effectively address underlying issues, change negative behavioral patterns, and allocate resources.

The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing.


Law Enforcement Fellowship Opportunity

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) announces an exciting opportunity for an individual with demonstrated experience in law enforcement operations, policies and procedures to assist in strengthening the COPS Office’s capabilities in the development, delivery and management of technical assistance to law enforcement, community members, and other criminal justice stakeholders as a Law Enforcement Fellow.

 

Our History


"The history of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) dates back to 1994, when the passage of Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 3355) authorized an $8.8 billion expenditure over six years. The COPS Office was created to distribute and monitor these funds."

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