image of COPS and IACP logoThe 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, look for the COPS Office representatives at Booth 2505 and at the following sessions for the latest community policing news and innovations:

Achieving Trust from your Officers and the Community Through Creating Cultures of Integrity
Sunday, October 24 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM in Room 110A

Mutual respect and trust between staff at all levels as well as between the communities it serves are attributes of the successful law enforcement agency. Creating cultures of integrity between staff and communities is achievable, but can be challenging to implement. This workshop will examine the steps to building cultures of integrity in the agency and community through hiring, FTO, coaching and supervision, and Internal Affairs. The need to systematically integrate hiring, training, supervision, and internal affairs toward ensuring accountability and integrity within the profession is essential to mutual trust-building between agency employees and the community.

Community Policing: The Next Generation
Sunday, October 24 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Room 204

Community policing is the prominent philosophy that proactively promotes the systematic use of partnerships and problem solving to address public safety issues, such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. In short, community policing is effective policing; and, effective policing operates best in environments of mutual respect and trust between law enforcement and communities they are sworn to serve and protect.

Establishing a values-based organization, with a culture of integrity, that understands the importance of professionalism and procedural justice in the delivery of police services is the key to building trust with both agency employees and the community. Community trust is essential to the law enforcement agency practicing community policing.

The COPS Office is the federal leader and convener of law enforcement in advancing community policing and promoting innovation in policing. This is accomplished through federal assistance, training and technical assistance, meetings, conferences, publications, and other resources and tools.

This session will involve brief presentations by the COPS Office Director Bernard Melekian and other thought leaders, followed by a highly interactive discussion on the future of community policing. During this session, participates will have a unique opportunity to engage the COPS Office and thought leaders and share information on portable, sustainable, and innovative strategies to advance the adoption of community policing and ensure safe communities.

Reaching out to the Private Sector: Learning to Build Partnerships and Manage Your Workforce
Monday, October 25 from 8:00AM - 9:30AM in Room 106

Police chiefs and executives have continually expressed the need for implementing a business model for policing that rethinks organizational structure and management strategies, with the goals of increasing efficiency, accountability, and strong leadership. However, no clear or unified model that seeks to accomplish these goals has ever been developed. The idea of developing partnerships with private industry to gain experience with various business models is a practice that should be encouraged and habitualized. This workshop presentation would build on the recent discussions held on February 2-3 in Minneapolis, MN, in which select corporate executives from Fortune 500 companies and leading chiefs from around the country gathered to discuss three areas in which the private and public sectors could learn from each others’ analogous experiences: recruitment and retention, organizational change, and leadership development.

Responding to People with Mental Illness: New Partnerships for Serving the Returning Veteran and Youth Populations
Tuesday, October 26 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 109B

In the past two decades, many police agencies have adopted the Memphis model of Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), thereby greatly improving responses to calls for service involving the mentally ill. As environments and needs change, new issues have emerged in handling police interactions with the mentally ill. This workshop will highlight a number of partnerships that are working to help reduce calls for service involving mentally ill citizens and ensure that facilities are in place to for them to receive treatment and services. In addition, panelists will discuss the increasing need to specialize services for the returning veteran population, who often are suffering from severe and stigmatized cases of PTSD and other mental illnesses. This workshop will separate PTSD fact from fiction and feature a VA–police partnership that is focusing on responding to veterans. Another recent focus of specialized CIT programs is serving the mentally ill youth population. This panel will include representatives from agencies who are adapting CIT strategies specifically for responding to youth with mental illness.

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