National Community Policing Week Publications Release

In support of National Community Policing Week, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) releases publications ranging from discussion guides that spur community engagements to summaries of law enforcement executives’ conversations regarding the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

In his proclamation creating National Community Policing Week, the President stated, “During National Community Policing Week, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting and advancing the practice of community policing and to fortifying the bonds between police officers and communities. Community policing recognizes that law enforcement cannot solve public safety problems alone and encourages interactive partnerships with relevant stakeholders—including community groups, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and businesses.” The COPS Office released the following new publications to assist in advancing community policing:

Discussions on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing captures discussions at three round table sessions hosted by the Major Cities Police Chiefs Association on the work of the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and how agencies can build on it to improve policing.

Beyond the Badge: Profile of a School Resource Officer follows Officer Ronald Cockrell during a school day at Central Middle School in Riverview Gardens, Missouri, six months after the police shooting and protests that left North St. Louis County reeling. The story focuses on Cockrell’s efforts to build relationships, listen to students address fear of the police in a school town hall, mentor young people on how to deal with conflicts, and work with his colleagues to respond to and support a student whose father is murdered. The new Law Enforcement and Community Viewer discussion guides offer leadership strategies and actionable tactics to help law enforcement agencies work with community partners.

The Salt Lake City Police Department Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) Program report covers the three primary components of the Salt Lake City Police Department’s HOST program: donations to homeless service providers, the homeless support group, and collaborative street outreach. The program evaluation is also extremely useful for departments considering homeless outreach efforts.

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