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 For Immediate Release
November 27, 2006

CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
(202) 616-1728


The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has released a two volume publication series to help law enforcement executives and police union leaders effectively address labor-management issues that impact police services. The first publication in the series, "Police Labor - Management Relationships: Perspectives and Practical Solutions for Implementing Change, Making Reforms, and Handling Crises for Managers and Union Leaders" provides readers with an overview of issues related to the topic and is intended to help law enforcement managers and union leaders adopt a collaborative approach to organizational changes that reduce crime. The accompanying guidebook, "Police Labor - Management Relations: A Guide for Implementing Change, Making Reforms, and Handling Crises for Managers and Union Leaders" offers practical methods and tools that can be relied upon as law enforcement and union officials address critical labor/management issues.

As crime patterns and criminal activity changes, law enforcement executives consistently seek timely and more effective methods to address these changes. The responses at their disposal often impact the duties of officers and their working conditions, and can lead to challenges that must be addressed by police unions and the law enforcement agency's executives. The two publications feature survey results from unions and police management on the current state of labor-management relations, and offer a variety of perspectives and practical resources to assist with effectively implementing change.

"Today's reality is that operational changes, new policies and many other measures implemented by law enforcement executives to drive down crime are going to impact officers and require the support of police unions," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "Traditionally, law enforcement labor-management relations have often represented a delicate balance of priorities that can be hard to reconcile. This series is meant to help create more collaborative relations that result in enhanced police services."

The series can be downloaded from COPS website or ordered from COPS Response Center at 800-421-6770.

These publications are two of the many technical assistance resources that COPS provides to state and local law enforcement agencies. Since 1995, COPS has helped law enforcement agencies hire more than 118,000 officers, and provided community policing training and technical assistance resources.


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