“Segway” to the Future of Community Policing

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The Hawthorne (California) Police Department’s newly established Community Affairs Unit was tasked with coming up with innovative and creative ideas on “how better to connect with the residents and business of Hawthorne.” The Hawthorne Police Department (HPD) has a history of embracing new and emerging technology, and they recently applied for a grant to purchase three electric-powered Segway Read More...

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The Impact of the Economic Downturn on School Safety and Security

Last month the COPS Office published a report entitled “The Impact of the Economic Downturn on American Police Agencies” that focused on the ways in which law enforcement agencies have been affected by the change in economic climate, as well as the measures they are taking to respond to them. Read More

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Breaking Barriers to Meth Prevention in AAPI Communities

Methamphetamine (Meth) abuse is a serious problem across the nation, and notably prevalent in the West and Midwest among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. In recent years, AAPI community leaders in these regions have reported an increase in the private selling and production of Meth among Southeast Asian populations. Read More

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Montana Meth Project Promotes Prevention

The destructive impacts of Methamphetamine reach well beyond the person using the drug. Meth is one of the most highly addictive substances in the world, and people who use the drug can suffer devastating medical, psychological, and social consequences. Read More

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Introducing the CP-SAT

Police agencies are often faced with the task of documenting their “successes” in community policing-related activities or other organizational change efforts for government executives, funders, or community stakeholders. Read More




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Director MelekianLooking back on 2011 at the COPS Office, I cannot help but be pleased with all we have done in pursuit of our mission of advancing public safety through community policing. Read More...

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The Early Release of Prisoners and its Impact on Police Agencies and Communities in California is based on a collaborative effort between the COPS Office and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Read More

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