Effective partnerships between law enforcement and community stakeholders are essential to public safety, and it is important that government agencies, community groups, nonprofits, businesses, and private citizens all embrace public safety as a shared responsibility. Law enforcement and community members must develop positive working relationships in order to build enduring solutions and increase trust between the police and the public. The COPS Office provides innovative and creative resources that help law enforcement engage community leaders, build lasting partnerships, and improve the health of our communities.

The seven-minute film, Mitakuye Oyasin, which translates to “we are all related,” will be used by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety to outline the philosophy of community policing, as envisioned through cultural beliefs, to recruits and the community as a whole. The film, which can be used by other agencies as well, recognizes that officers are an integral part of the community and community policing is a shared responsibility for public safety.

Advancing Community Policing Through Community Governance: A Framework Document
Details the community governance philosophy and describes its implementation in five communities across the country
Partnering with Businesses to Address Public Safety Problems
Reviews the impact of crime against business and the roles businesses play in contributing to crime
Bringing Victims into Community Policing
Focuses on the role of crime victims in advancing community policing and includes first responder guides to dealing with victims of crimes
Policing in New Immigrant Communities
Addresses the common challenges that law enforcement agencies face when working with immigrant communities
The Collaboration Toolkit for Community Organizations
Outlines how to strengthen partnerships between the community and law enforcement
Policing Issues in Garrison Communities
Describes how agencies can build collaborative relationships and effectively police garrison communities with discussion topics, promising practices, and detailed recommendations in areas such as interoperability of communications, crisis intervention training, and other issues specific to garrison communities.
The Collaboration Toolkit for Law Enforcement: Effective Strategies to Partner with the Community
Designed to assist community organizations initiate effective partnerships with their law enforcement agencies and collaborate on solving crime problems at the neighborhood level
Problem-Solving Partnerships: Including the Community for a Change
Summarizes findings from the national evaluation of the COPS Problem-Solving Partnership (PSP) program conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Community Partnerships CD-ROM
Provides resources for community groups and citizens interested in partnering with local law enforcement to promote public safety
Promising Practices in Tribal Community Policing
Describes strategies for enhancing or creating programs focused on trust and collaboration with tribal members and government agencies
Cross-Deputization in Indian Country
Jurisdiction in Indian country has long been complicated by multifaceted tribal, state, and federal laws, policies, and court decisions, making it difficult for law enforcement to effectively address many types of criminal offenses.
Reaching Out to the Private Sector: Building Partnerships and Managing your Workforce
Compiles suggestions and solutions from top criminal justice leaders and Fortune 500 executives on the topics of recruitment and retention, organizational transformation, and leadership development
How to Build, Fix, and Sustain Productive Partnerships
Provides practical guidance to law enforcement agencies as they develop and sustain partnerships that support community policing
Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub
This Police Foundation report on the Pulse nightclub shooting attack in June 2016 details multiple aspects of the attack and response, including leadership, collaboration, tactics, equipment, training, emergency medical care, officer safety, public information, and community relationships.
Law Enforcement and Public Health: Resources and Strategies for Safer Communities
Documents the discussion at an executive session aimed at exploring how public health approaches and partnerships can help law enforcement practitioners prevent and reduce incidents of violence
Shifting and Sharing Responsibility for Public Safety Problems
Examines how police can persuade private citizens, business, or other government agencies to respond to common crime and disorder problems
Making the Match: Law Enforcement, the Faith Community and the Value-Based Initiative
Provides an in-depth look at the challenges and successes of partnerships with law enforcement agencies and faith-based and community organizations
Strengthening the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color
Summarizes the April 2014 forum in which law enforcement officials, civil rights activists, academic experts, community leaders, and policy makers developed a set of action items to help mend the long fractured relationship between law enforcement and communities of color
Operation Partnership: Trends and Practices in Law Enforcement and Private Security Collaborations
Intended to help law enforcement and private security organizations develop and operate effective partnerships