The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 2 | Issue 5 | May 2009

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Community Policing Defined

Cover: Community Policing Defined Brochure Community Policing Defined provides a detailed description of the elements and subelements that fall under the community policing philosophy. The document describes the range of collaborative partnerships that exist between policing agencies and the individuals and organizations they serve; it outlines the process of how they go about engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop effective responses; and it illustrates how they align their organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem-solving.

The Stop Snitching Phenomenon: Breaking the Code of Silence

Cover: Stop Snitching Guide The pervasiveness of the stop snitching phenomenon and how it is affecting vitally important concerns such as witness cooperation, clearance rates, and police departments’ overall ability to bring criminals to justice is a major problem in some law enforcement jurisdictions. To address the issue, the Police Executive Research Forum recently surveyed 300 law enforcement agencies and gathered together more than 100 criminal justice officials and community leaders at an Executive Session. Drawing on the results of the survey and the frank conversations at the Executive Session, this publication addresses the factors that have led to the stop snitching movement, what makes the message “stick,” and what can be done in the form of programs and partnerships to address the issue and take back the communities affected by it.

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