The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 1 | Issue 11 | November 2008

New from COPS

Combat Deployment and the Returning Police Officer

Cover: Combat Deployment Publication This report examines issues concerning police officers’ transition back to work after combat zone deployment. Topics include the psychological effects of combat deployment, methods that may lessen the severity of combat stress experienced, and strategies used by police agencies to help officers returning back to work, their families, and communities. The report highlights the responses of four police agencies that have taken measures to assist returning officers, and offers recommendations for further study.

Identifying and Measuring the Effects
of Information Technologies on Law Enforcement Agencies

Cover: Identifying and Measuring the Effects of Information Technologies on Law Enforcement Agencies This guide by the Institute for Law and Justice provides information that will help police departments measure the effects of information technologies to support community policing activities. The guide is based on the results of an assessment of the COPS Office’s 2002 Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) grantees; however, the results apply to any agency that is considering or has recently made a technology purchase. The guide is relevant to departments of all sizes and covers a variety of applications—automated field reporting systems, computer aided dispatch, records management systems, and others. The guide focuses on the three E’s–efficiency, effectiveness, and enabling–which identify the different ways the technology may affect agencies. The intent is to provide practical measures based on these three E’s for how information technologies contribute to achieving department goals and can be used to examine the merits of such expenditures..

Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

Cover: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy Today’s high rates of prison recidivism point to significant public safety challenges. Using proven problem-solving approaches, this guide identifies factors that drive the cycle of prison reentry, analyzes its causes, and presents ways community policing activities and partnerships can help individuals transition from jails or prisons back into the community. Developed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), this resource includes materials to assess effectiveness, set priorities, and plan new strategies to deal with the challenges of this special group.

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