The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 2 | Issue 4 | April 2009

New from COPS

Asset Forfeiture

Cover: Asset Forfeiture This Problem-Oriented Guide for Police, from the Response Guides Series, reviews the application of asset forfeiture to specific crime problems, examines legal arrangements for its use, discusses the benefits and consequences to its use, and provides recommendations for launching an asset forfeiture program. This guide also examines legal arrangements from state to state and discusses steps agencies can take to improve the prospects of receiving forfeiture proceeds. It concludes with a brief how-to guide that agencies should consider when deciding to launch an asset forfeiture program.

Improved Street Lighting to Reduce Crime in Residential Areas

Cover: Improving Street Lighting to Reduce Crime in Residential Area Improved street lighting is widely thought to be an effective means of preventing crime, second in importance only to increased police presence. This Problem-Oriented Guide for Police is designed to help community policing officers decide whether improved street lighting is an appropriate response to a crime or disorder problem that might be confronting a particular neighborhood or community. The guide explains why improving street lighting can help reduce fear, crime, and disorder, and provides references to literature on the effectiveness of better lighting. It discusses the considerations that should be weighed in pursuing this approach, suggests questions that should be asked, and lists the steps that should be followed in improving lighting. Finally, it suggests measures that can be used to assess the effectiveness of the lighting solutions that have been implemented.

COPS Evaluation Brief #3: Creating a Culture of Integrity

Cover: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy This evaluation is an examination of the successes and challenges of the COPS Creating a Culture of Integrity program. As the federal leader in police integrity, this document will further the COPS Office success in helping law enforcement agencies continue to provide a high level of public safety while respecting the rights of all individuals they serve.

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