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COPS Announces Grant Awards

Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli and COPS Office Director Bernard Melekian recently traveled to Houston to announce the availability of $298 million in grants to hire and/or retain 1,388 state, local and tribal law enforcement officers by 379 police and sheriffs departments in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  The funding is being awarded under the COPS Hiring Program. READ MORE...

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The COPS Office is looking forward to participating in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Orlando, Florida, from October 21 to October 27. To learn more about how community policing keeps America safe... READ MORE...

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I See You: Iris Innovation

Advances in technology have revolutionized the U.S. law enforcement profession and one of the latest innovations being leveraged by local, state, and tribal law enforcement is the Iris Biometric Identification System. Like fingerprints, iris recognition uses pattern recognition techniques to identify individuals through high-resolution images taken of the eye’s iris. READ MORE...

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Tribal Police Cars are Symbols of Community Policing and Unity

In the fall of 2008, the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute (UMCPI) and the Community Safety Institute (CSI) funded by a Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office) grant partnered together to bring the Native American Training Series (NATS) to the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine. READ MORE...

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A New Strategy for Training Police Officers—the PTO Program

In 2000, the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) collaborated to pilot an innovative post-police academy training strategy with the Reno, Nevada Police Department. This problem-based learning strategy, titled the Police Training Officer (PTO) Program, combined adult learning theory and problem solving tools into a process that encouraged new officers to think proactively, helping them identify solutions to problems within their communities. READ MORE...

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Ask A Grant Program Specialist

Q: I was recently notified that I was selected to receive grant funding from COPS.  How do I accept my grant award document? READ MORE...

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Director MelekianSince the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office) was created in 1994 with the passage of the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act,” our offices have been located a few blocks north of the White House. But beginning this month, the COPS Office will be moving to a new home... Read More...

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