What’s Your Police/Sheriff Department “Brand Reputation” and does your agency provide “Customer Service”?

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Brand reputation is the opinion that a consumer forms either through actual “user experience” of that specific product or just based upon the experience of others who have dealt with that product. Read More

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What of Checklists for Problem-Oriented Policing?

What do aviation, construction, and medicine have in common? Checklists. To a greater or lesser extent all routinely use checklists to manage complexity and reduce error. Read More

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COPS Office Visits Southern California Sheriffs and Tribes

In mid-March 2012 the COPS Office along with representatives from the United States Attorney’s Offices, visited several sheriff’s offices and tribal police departments in Southern California. The purpose of the visits was to examine the relationships and partnership efforts between tribal and non-tribal law enforcement agencies in a Public Law 280 (PL 280) state. Read More

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IMPACT making an impact

IMPACT is comprised of three units at its core, the Youth Services Unit, the Intelligence Operations Group, and the Gang Suppression Unit. All three collectively provide an approach that engages different parts of the community in an effort to prevent gang membership while pursuing active gang members, resulting in a well rounded method to eliminating violent street gangs. Read More

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Partnering for Prevention: New Report Outlines Growing Public Health and Public Safety Collaborations

Most people working to prevent gun violence wouldn’t think to start at their local beauty parlors, but that’s what the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission did. Read More

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Behind the Bars: Dog and Inmates

On Monday, October 24, 2011, a very unique graduation took place; eleven prison inmates and six rescued shelter dogs listened to distinguished speakers and received certificates. The inmates graduated from the New Leash on Life USA program while the dogs successfully passed the Canine Good Citizen program. Read More

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The L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award Announcement

The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office) has announced a call for nominations for the 2012 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. Read More


Did You Know…?

Throughout history humans have used a variety of materials to try and protect themselves from injury in combat and other dangerous situations. Lucky for us, the science of body armor has come a long way from earlier eras, when leather, wooden shields, chain mail, and cumbersome plate mail (metal armor used for edged weapons protection) were the chosen—and only!—means of protection. Attempts to create an effective defense against the ever increasing velocity of pistols and rifles included silk woven into the armor (good for low velocity, but too expensive for mass production), the Brewster Body Shield (chrome nickel steel, weighing 40 lbs.), a laminated fibrous glass fabric with layers of nylon (doron), and thick aluminum plates combined with layers of nylon (M12 vests – precursor to the flak jacket). Finally, in the late 1960s, new fibers were discovered that would make today’s generation of concealable body possible – a light weight ballistic-resistant material called Kevlar.

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Essentials for Leaders: Trends and Practices in Law Enforcement and Private Security Collaborations The COPS Office presents this Essentials for Leaders, which provides summaries of existing and new COPS Office publications and resources, tailored for executives. Read More

BOLO Newsbrief: Police Consolidation, Regionalization, and Shared Devices To facilitate the sharing of research and experience-based lessons on regionalization, consolidation, and shared police services, the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Criminal Justice, through its Police Executive Development Series, hosted more than 75 national and Michigan police leaders at a 3 day event. Read More

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