Five Lessons from a Hate Crime Detective

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After 30 years on the job, San Diego County (California) Sheriff's Department (SDSD) Detective Ellen Vest is turning in her badge. Over the years, her accomplishments have been numerous but what she is most proud of is heading up the investigations of hate crimes.
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What Can HTCP Do For You?

The INTERPOL Washington's Human Trafficking and Child Protection Division (HTCP) staff and its resources should be another tool in your investigation and apprehension toolbox. Read More

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Transforming an Agency to Respond to Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and although domestic violence awareness is not meant to be a once a year subject, October offers a kick-start to the national conversation on the prevention and response to domestic violence. Read More

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More De-Escalation Tactics Training on the Way

“Law enforcement is often in the position of being a first responder to a veteran in crisis, requiring awareness of tactics, techniques, and procedures to properly deal with the situation.” Read More

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New Release: Communications Interoperability Planning Guidebook Updated

Significant changes in law enforcement’s ability to communicate across disciplines and across jurisdictions have taken place since the Guide’s first printing. Read More

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This month, the COPS Office is gearing up for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More

American Policing in 2022

Meet the Authors!

Attendees at the 2013 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference will have a chance to meet and speak with some of the authors featured in the COPS Office publication, American Policing in 2022. Read More


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Did You Know…?

In the earliest days of telephone technology, before the development of the rotary dial telephone, all telephone calls were operator-assisted.

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