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 U.S. Newswire July 25, 2001 Wednesday

Idaho Police Department Acknowledged in COPS Office Report

WASHINGTON, DC – The innovative partnership that the Moscow Police Department, Idaho developed with their local business community is highlighted in a new Justice Department publication on community policing. The partnership was developed to engage Moscow’s business community in preventing theft. Police – community partnerships are a core component of community policing.

A new report entitled, "Problem-Solving Partnerships: Including the Community for a Change," was recently released by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. In this publication, seven police agencies – including Moscow Police Department - were highlighted from more than 400 projects evaluated. The Justice Department report identifies this successful partnership as a model for other police departments across the nation.

Moscow police received high marks for engaging the local business community in analyzing the causes of theft and for developing an effective response. The report also summarizes their responses which included performing business security analyses, forming a watch program and hiring a crime prevention specialist to serve as a liaison between the business community and the police department. The end result is that merchants are more satisfied with the police department and feel more secure

Promising law enforcement practices of the top seven model cities are posted on the COPS home page at For more information, please call the COPS office at 202-616-1728.