The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 2 | Issue 12 | December 2009

New from COPS

Building Trust Between the Police and the Citizens They Serve: An Internal Affairs Promising Practices Guide for Law Enforcement

Cover: Building Trust This valuable resource prepared by the International Association of Chiefs of Police is intended to help law enforcement professionals better understand the pivotal role of the Internal Affairs function as one component of an agency-wide professional standards effort in building trust between law enforcement agencies, their staff, and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. The guide addresses the Internal Affairs function from complaint processing to decision-making, discipline, notification, and community transparency, as well as building an effective Internal Affairs approach for any size agency. It also looks at the Internal Affairs process from the citizen’s viewpoint, presenting information about how local agencies can be accountable to their citizens through trust-building initiatives and other activities. This publication is available in hardcopy and PDF format.

Law Enforcement Recruitment Toolkit

Cover: Recruitment Toolkit This toolkit is a valuable resource in addressing the recruitment needs of the field. It was developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and comprises four reports, each focusing on a different area of recruitment. The lead piece, Police Recruitment: Foundation Concepts, describes police departments’ changing recruitment needs, the obstacles that stand between the departments and their recruitment goals, and the strategies that some jurisdictions are using to overcome those obstacles. Each subsequent report, Recruiting for Diversity, Agency Collaboration in Police Officer Recruitment and Selection, and Community Partnerships in Police Recruitment, explores a specific approach to recruitment and provides specific examples of successes in these areas. The issues of police recruitment, selection, and retention are critical to the advancement of community policing and the policing profession in general. This publication is available in hardcopy and PDF format.

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