Measure Community Policing for Free

cops logoThe Community Policing Self-Assessment Tool (CP-SAT) is easy to administer and now available free of charge to all tribal law enforcement agencies!

Community policing is widely acknowledged by those in the field as a successful strategy in addressing crime, social disorder, and fear of crime—yet police administrators have struggled to practically define and measure community policing implementation within their organizations.

icf logoCP-SAT Survey: The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) partnered with ICF International to develop and administer the CP-SAT. The CP-SAT is a 15-minute web-based, agency-wide survey that allows agencies to learn the perspective of all relevant stakeholders and identify the strengths and gaps in their community policing implementation in three critical areas:

  1. Community partnerships: The quantity and quality of collaborative partnerships between the police agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in the police.
  2. Problem solving: The degree to which the agency is engaged in the systematic examination of identified problems to develop effective responses that are evaluated rigorously.
  3. Organizational transformation: The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving.

To date, the CP-SAT has been successfully administered in more than 800 agencies—including 40 tribal and BIA law enforcement agencies—and collected responses from more than 80,000 participants, including sworn and civilian staff as well as community partners.

Example CP-SAT Results Report Exhibit with Benchmark Data

CP-SAT Benefits: Each time an agency successfully administers the CP-SAT, the agency receives a user-friendly automated report that provides a descriptive summary of the agency’s data results as well as benchmark data collected from other participating agencies. In addition, the results report provided after an agency’s second administration benchmarks against the agency’s first administration results. Administering the CP-SAT not only helps agencies enhance their community policing efforts through the identification of strengths and areas for improvement but also provides agencies with a tailored results report, which may be used to support grant applications, community presentations, and strategic planning.

For More Information or to Participate: The CP-SAT is now ready and available, at no charge and on a voluntary basis, to all tribal and BIA law enforcement agencies. The next administration period begins May 12, 2015.

For more information, visit the COPS Office website.

To sign up or ask questions, e-mail or call 877-99-CPSAT (877-992-7728).

Additional community policing resources can be found at the COPS Office website.

Take advantage of this valuable resource and sign up today!

Beth Heinen
ICF International

Daniel Fien-Helfman
ICF International

Matt Lysakowski
The COPS Office

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