The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 1 | Issue 2 | February 2008

Community Partnerships: A Key Ingredient in an Effective Homeland Security Approach

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 brought about enhancements to many existing law enforcement approaches in an effort to prevent another attack. As we learn more about the threats we face, and our ability to repel those threats, it is increasingly evident that the benefits of community policing demand that it become fundamental to any effective homeland security strategy. Read More

2007 Criminal Intelligence Sharing Summit

fingerprint image In the aftermath of September 11th, the COPS Office took an active role in working with local, state, and tribal law enforcement as we confronted a new era in policing, one in which more emphasis was put on not only protecting citizens from criminals, but also from terrorists. Within 6 months of 9/11, the COPS Office funded the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to convene a National Criminal Intelligence Summit that recognized the need for state, local, and tribal agencies to work toward common goals. Read More

Community Policing Nugget: The Purpose of Partnerships

Community policing encourages law enforcement agencies to forge partnerships with government agencies, community members and groups, nonprofits, service providers, private business, and the media. It is important to understand that partnerships within the context of community policing should serve the two interrelated goals of increasing trust and enhancing collaborative problem-solving efforts. Read More

COPS Office Budget, Fiscal Year 2008

The Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus appropriations bill for the Department of Justice was signed by President Bush on December 26. The COPS Office received $587,233,000. Read More

Meth360® : A Multidisciplinary Approach to Fighting Meth

meth image The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has launched Meth360®, a multidisciplinary community outreach program that will enhance law enforcement efforts to deal with the impact of methamphetamine, and mobilize parents and concerned citizens to take action to prevent meth use. Read More

Overcoming language barriers

As part of the COPS-funded “Translating Justice” project, the Vera Institute of Justice is seeking best practices for overcoming language barriers from agencies that interact with persons whose ability to speak English is limited or nonexistent. The best practices will be presented to law enforcement agencies in a webcast and compiled in a publication. If your agency is using an innovative approach to overcoming language barriers, submit it at Vera’s Translating Justice web site. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2008.

What’s New from COPS

cover of 311 publication The establishment of 311 call systems in jurisdictions across the United States is relieving 911 emergency systems of the burden of handling calls that are not emergencies. This publication documents the experiences of Orange County, Florida, in organizing and putting into operation a multijurisdictional, nonemergency 311 telephone system. Topics discussed include the political, financial, and technological challenges involved in intergovernmental partnerships and interagency coordination. Read More

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