The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 2 | Issue 7 | July 2009

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Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices for Law Enforcement

Cover: Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices for Law Enforcement The report details numerous promising practices in overcoming language barriers in law enforcement agencies. Changing demographics across the country have led to a need for law enforcement agencies to be able to communicate more effectively with the people in their jurisdiction. The COPS Office and the Vera Institute of Justice partnered to identify and disseminate promising practices that agencies have implemented so that others can model programs after these practices to address language barriers they face.

Community Policing: Looking to Tomorrow

Cover:Community Policing: Looking to Tomorrow The publication is based on a series of roundtable discussions held across the country, where police chiefs, sheriffs, and other leaders shared their views on the current state of community policing. The voices of the police leaders heard in this report are varied and reflect a broad policing experience; however, what they have in common is a continuing interest in delivering the best quality police service to the communities they serve. Section I of the publication presents the roundtable participant’s views about what community policing looks like today and the challenges it faces, and summarizes their predictions about how community policing may evolve in the future. Section II of the document provides suggestions, based on the meetings, about how police departments and city leaders can work together to enhance their community policing efforts and continue to strive to take community policing to the next level.

Geography and Public Safety Volume 2, Issue 1, May 2009

Cover: Geography and Public Safety Volume 2, Issue The May 2009 issue focuses on how mapping and spatial analysis can help jurisdictions understand the effects of restrictions on where sex offenders are allowed to live. Specifically, it discusses how residency restrictions affect recidivism—whether they hamper offenders’ reentry process and make it less likely that they will get treatment and services. Articles include a discussion of whether residency restrictions are a good idea, a study of residency restrictions in Minnesota, a report on the use of GPS monitoring for sex offenders in Florida, and a description of a spatial analysis technique for tracking sex offenders piloted by California Department of Corrections data.

A Policymaker’s Guide to Building Our Way out of Crime

Cover: A Policymaker’s Guide to Building Our Way out of Crime Local elected officials and police departments across the United States are discovering that communities can “build” their way out of persistent crime problems that often cannot be solved just through arrests. The new COPS publication, A Policymaker’s Guide to Building Our Way out of Crime: The Transformative Power of Police–Community Developer Partnerships, addresses efforts to reduce crime and improve economic vitality in communities through partnerships comprising elected and appointed officials at all levels of government, community development leaders, financial industry investment strategists, private foundation executives, and law enforcement. This Policymaker’s Guide provides evidence that police–community developer partnerships can convert crime hot spots that ruin entire neighborhoods into safety-generating community assets.

Advancing Community Policing Through Community Governance:
A Framework Document

Cover: Advancing Community Policing Through Community 
Governance: A Framework Document As law enforcement agencies strengthen and advance their community policing efforts they often call on their colleagues in other departments of their own city government to assist with problem-solving efforts in the community. Many city administrators and elected officials are also seeking ways to increase community involvement in local government matters in a more systematic way that results in a more transparent government structure that stresses accountability and responsiveness to the community. Cities that pursue these collective efforts are beginning to adopt a philosophical approach to local governance referred to as “community governance,” which is collaborative across agencies and service oriented. Advancing Community Policing Through Community Governance details the community governance philosophy and describes its implementation in five communities across the country.

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