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U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. – Mark Twain
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will be hosting its 125th annual conference in October, and the COPS Office will attend and participate in a number of critical discussions facing law enforcement. In collaboration with law enforcement leadership from around the country, we will discuss best practices public safety, current challenges, and the ethos of continuous improvement.
At IACP, COPS Office staff will be active participants in meetings on Education and Training; Professional Standards, Ethics, and Image; Indian Country Law Enforcement; Juvenile Justice; Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs; and Community Policing. In addition, I will be attending events hosted by MCCA, IADLEST, SACOP, PERF, NNOAC and the FBI to network with leadership and stakeholders. The COPS Office staff will be conducting two workshops at IACP: “Community Policing Approaches to Human Trafficking” and “Recruitment and Hiring Practices to Advance Community Policing.” And the Police Foundation will be conducting a presentation, ‘Learning Lessons from School Attacks That Almost Happened,’ based on data collected from the Averted School Violence system, a COPS Office–funded project.
We will be moderating a workshop on CRI-TAC titled “Customized Solutions for the Field, by the Field.” In addition, agencies can apply via Rapid Intake for customized, agency-directed technical assistance with CRI-TAC at the IACP Hub during the conference. The COPS Office booth (1391) will have a number of our newest publications and staff on hand to answer questions about funding and technical assistance.
The leadership team at the COPS Office is engaging with stakeholders, mayors and other local government officials, U.S. Attorneys, and law enforcement officials across the country to continuously improve our support of law enforcement officers and leadership. The COPS Office recently awarded CTAS and CPD funds of $24.7 million and $5.95 million respectively to support innovative projects, training for first responders, and funding to hire officers serving tribal nations. New projects we’ve funded this year include a community policing family wellness project by the IACP, a law enforcement rebranding project by the MCCA, online SRO training by NASRO, and regional training network support by IADLEST.
Through engagement and strategic decisions based on data and input from key stakeholders, the COPS Office continues to improve our service to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies across the country. Our mission to support community policing and public safety is reflected in the priorities of AG Sessions, the Department of Justice, and the Administration. We will convey this message at the IACP conference and in subsequent meetings with law enforcement leadership and stakeholders.
‘Policing is difficult and it is easy to be with someone on the good days, but we need to be there for police on the difficult days. Law enforcement can’t be expected to fix community problems without funding and support every day.’
– Director Keith
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