Image: Above: Geraldine Powe looks at the Beneath the Badge exhibit during a March 26 preview party. Powe is the sister of Retired Officer Rudy Torrence, who was president of the North State Law Enforcement Association, which sued the department for discrimination in 1971.

A Look Beneath the Badge

Does your local museum have a special exhibit on policing? In Charlotte, North Carolina, they do. For Deputy Chief Harold Medlock, a history buff, and the rest of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s History Committee, a dream became a reality when Beneath the Badge: Policing in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County opened earlier this year at the Charlotte Museum of History. READ MORE...

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Director Melekian Hosts First Issues Forum

What shapes police legitimacy? Why would someone choose to obey the law? And why wouldn’t they? Director Bernard Melekian of the COPS Office hosted his first “Issues Forum” on March 18 in Washington D.C. to address these and a host of other questions. READ MORE...

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The Paradox of American Policing: Performance without Legitimacy

The 2004 National Academy of Science report on policing argued that in recent decades the objective quality of policing in America has improved. READ MORE...

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The Exemplary Officer

Many law enforcement departments have embraced the philosophy of community policing by building problem-solving partnerships within their communities to address public safety issues and increase trust in the police. READ MORE...

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Ask a Grant Program Specialist

"After a Community Oriented Policing Services or “COPS” grant has been awarded, one of the most frequently asked questions of the grant program specialist (GPS) is “Must I Submit a Modification Request if…?”  READ MORE...

Upcoming Events

Urban Institute Webinar Opportunity
To deliver on the pledge of public safety, criminal justice agencies must collaborate. On July 29th, 2 pm Eastern Time, a special webinar funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will detail strategies law enforcement and community supervision leaders across the country are using to develop and sustain successful partnerships. Hosted by the Urban Institute in conjunction with the American Probation and Parole Association, the webinar will spotlight breakthrough partnerships featured in a forthcoming guidebook from the Urban Institute. Leading the webinar will be Chief Jim Bueermann of the Redlands (CA) Police Department and Nancy La Vigne, the director of the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center.

If you would like to participate in the webinar, please RSVP to Pamela Lachman at or (202) 261-5514.

Come see us at the NOBLE Conference – July 14th!
The COPS Office and Target will be co-hosting a workshop at this year's NOBLE conference in Baltimore, MD. READ MORE...


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Director Melekian

I want to talk today about the notion of values-based policing, a concept that has been discussed and tossed around for the last three or four years and I think is now starting to find some shape and some cohesion in a way that will start to make a real operational difference in the police departments and sheriff’s departments across this country. Read More...

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You may have Pen and Notepadnoticed this month’s launch of the new web site featuring a brighter, more engaging look and feel. The new site also includes an improved navigation structure to make it easier to find information. Visit the COPS web site...

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