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 For Immediate Release
July 11, 2003


The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today released a technical assistance publication containing a series of case studies on organizational change in law enforcement agencies. Community Policing In Action: A Practitioner's Eye View of Organizational Change examines the experiences of nine local law enforcement agencies that pursued aggressive internal organizational changes to ensure the successful implementation of crime-reducing community policing initiatives.

The publication features programs implemented by the Boston (MA), Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC), Longmont (CO), Portland (OR), Rock Hill (SC), San Jose (CA), Savannah (GA), and Windsor (CT) Police Departments, and the Los Angeles County (CA) Sheriff's Office. The organizational changes undertaken by these agencies were supported by COPS grants to advance community policing.

"Through COPS 'Advancing Community Policing' grants, these nine agencies were able to restructure processes based on community policing principles," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. The lessons learned by these agencies in the process of undergoing self-imposed change can provide insight to all law enforcement agencies."

Community Policing in Action: A Practitioner's Eye View of Organizational Change can be downloaded from COPS Online at, or hard copies can be requested from the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at 800-421-6770.

The publication is one of the many training and technical assistance resources COPS provides to state and local law enforcement agencies. Since 1995, COPS has awarded more than 30,000 grants, totaling more than $6.8 billion, to over 12,900 police and sheriffs departments, and helped to hire more than 117,000 local law enforcement officers.