The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 1 | Issue 3 | March 2008

Use of Force and Building Mutual Trust

use of force image Policing is a challenging profession that frequently requires split-second decisions in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and can change rapidly. The application of force is an essential part of the job of a law enforcement officer. Force is needed to control situations, arrest criminals, and to ensure the safety of both the law enforcement officer and the public. Read More

The COPS Office – Practicing What We Preach

Community policing supports the systematic use of partnerships. It is what we ask from our grantees, what we teach in our training sessions, and what we promote in our publications. It is also what we practice. The most recent example is the COPS Office’s new partnership with the United Negro College Foundation Special Programs Corporation (SP). Read More

Community Policing Nugget: The Role of Traditional Policing in Community Policing

image of siren Traditionally, police organizations have responded to crime after it occurs and, therefore, are structured to support routine patrol, rapid response to calls for service, arrests, and follow-up investigation. Community policing calls for a more strategic and thoughtful incorporation of these aspects of police business into an overall broader police mission focused on the proactive prevention of crime and disorder. Read More

The Rising Trend of Unsolved Homicides

While the national homicide rate has fluctuated, the homicide clearance rate has declined steadily, with a drop from 92 percent in 1961 to 61 percent in 2005. This decline results from a number of factors, such as an increase in “stranger homicides,” which are more difficult to solve than “acquaintance homicides.” Read More

Training Opportunity

Creating Vigilant, Prepared, and Resilient Communities for Homeland Security is a 2-day course offered by the Western Community Policing Institute that provides awareness-level information on terrorism and other events of national significance such as natural or manmade disasters. Designed for law enforcement personnel, representatives of government and nongovernment organizations, and community and tribal members, the course provides a community outreach approach to homeland security training that focuses on collaboration and the best efforts of the whole community—both the public and private sectors. Certified by the Department of Homeland Security, it is held in cities all across the United States. For details, including dates and places offered, visit the Western Community Policing Institute’s web site at

The Western Community Policing Institute, a member of the National RCPI Network, is affiliated with Western Oregon University.

What’s New from COPS

cover of 311 publication Nationwide, it has been increasingly difficult to find and retain talented police officers. This CD is designed to assist chiefs and sheriffs, as well as other executives, in finding, training, and retaining qualified staff. Read More

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