New Legislation on Synthetic Drugs:
A Message from ONDCP

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As part of the COPS Office’s partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, we are committed to keeping the law enforcement community informed on emerging drug issues such as synthetic marijuana and bath salts. Read More

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Changing the Culture around
Vehicle Safety

In 2009, the Las Vegas Metropolitan (NV) Police Department experienced three shocking events just months apart that catalyzed the department to transform the agency’s culture of vehicle safety. Read More

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To Be or Not to Be:
Safety on College Campuses

Imagine a utopia, a haven without parents, where you are a student with the world at your feet, every resource in hand, and only your dreams to set your standards. College campuses provide an ideal incubator for the students and ideas that will one day shape our future. Read More

23rd Annual Problem-Oriented
Policing Conference

Each year, police officers, supervisors and executives, as well as crime analysts and researchers, come together to discuss what they’ve learned about reducing specific crime and safety problems. This year’s conference will feature presentations by agencies using Problem-Oriented Policing Read More...


Did You Know…?

That these laws were—or still may be—real?

  • Missouri: It is illegal to drive with an uncaged bear.
  • Montana: Pool tables in a billiard hall must be viewable from the street.
  • Nebraska: It is illegal to go whale fishing.
  • Nevada: It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
  • New Hampshire: It's illegal to dye margarine pink.
  • New Jersey: It is illegal to slurp soup.
  • New Mexico: Idiots may not vote.
  • New York: A license must be obtained for hanging cloths on a clothesline.
  • North Carolina: Serving alcohol at a bingo game is not allowed.
  • North Dakota: It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
  • Ohio: It's illegal get a fish drunk.
  • Oklahoma:  People who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
  • Oregon: It's illegal to use canned corn as fish bait.
  • Pennsylvania: You may not sing in the bathtub.


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Director's Column

Director MelekianI had the pleasure of welcoming hundreds of you to the 2012 COPS Conference, held in Bethesda, Maryland on August 1 and 2.  Read More....

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New from COPS

Issue Brief No.7: Developing Interoperability Standard Operating Proceduresdescribes standard operating procedures (SOPs) models, development and testing process, end-user involvement, and benefits for interoperable communication technology programs.
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Combat Deployment and the Returning Police Officer examines issues concerning police officers’ transition back to work after combat zone deployment.
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