Organizational Transformation

Organizational transformation is the alignment of management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving. It is a primary element of community policing. COPS Office resources focus on how departments are organized and managed and how their infrastructure can be changed to support the philosophical shift inherent in community policing. Organizational transformation encourages the application of modern management practices to increase efficiency and effectiveness and emphasizes changes in organizational structures and a variety of processes.


An Assessment of Cost Reduction Strategies in a New Economy: Technical Report and Survey Monograph
Discusses potential cost reducing strategies for U.S. agencies through surveying various strategies employed to reduce costs or increase efficiency to maintain their level of service delivery and community policing
Building a 311 System
Building a Regional Communications Plan
Presents the basic steps in building a regional communications plan to improve interoperability and, ultimately, joint response to emergencies
Community Policing: A First-Line Supervisor's Perspective
This publication contains examples for how supervisors can lead by example to drive cultural change within their agencies and build community partnerships. 
Community Policing: A Patrol Officer's Perspective
This publication contains examples of officer-led problem solving and relationship building and guidelines for understanding community policing concepts and practices.
Consolidated Public Safety Departments: A Census and Administrative Examination
Helps law enforcement organizations exploring options for sharing, consolidating, or regionalizing public safety services with other public sector entities
Cross-Deputization in Indian Country
Jurisdiction in Indian country has long been complicated by multifaceted tribal, state, and federal laws, policies, and court decisions, making it difficult for law enforcement to effectively address many types of criminal offenses.
Disaster Planning & Recovery: 9-1-1 Center Survivability
Addresses questions about preparing 911 centers to sustain a catastrophic event and learning from past experiences
E-COP: Using the Web to Enhance Community Oriented Policing
Highlights those technologies that are changing the way police are engaging with communities and delivering services
Essentials for Leaders: A Performance-Based Approach to Police Staffing Allocation
Provides summaries of existing and new COPS Office publications and resources, tailored for executives
Future Trends in Policing
Discusses how current issues will determine the future of policing
Good to Great Policing: Application of Business Management Principles in the Public Sector
Takes the core principles articulated by Jim Collins in his best-selling book "Good to Great" and applies them to law enforcement
Identifying and Measuring the Effects of Information Technologies on Law Enforcement Agencies
Provides information that will help police departments measure the effects of information technologies to support community policing activities
Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned
Covers research on body-worn camera implementation, including interviews with police executives, a review of agencies' policies, and experts discussing their experiences with body-worn cameras
Innovations in Police Recruitment and Hiring: Hiring in the Spirit of Service
Shares how five agencies participate in a COPS Office-funded project to recruit and hire service-oriented employees
Integrating Civilian Staff into Police Agencies
Describes issues surrounding the employment and use of civilian employees by police agencies
Interoperable Communications Training and Exercises
Addresses the importance of interoperable communications training and exercises and explores the types of exercises available to the public safety community
Law Enforcement Tech Guides
Leading, Structuring, and Managing a Problem-Oriented Police Agency
Helps police executives decide what steps to take to make POP an integral part of how their police agency does business
Midsize Police Agencies: Surviving, Thriving, and Forging a New Business Model for Law Enforcement in a Post-Recession Economy
Offers thought-provoking considerations and solutions for midsize police agencies
A Performance-Based Approach to Police Staffing Allocation
Highlights the current staffing allocation landscape for law enforcement agencies and provides a practical step-by-step approach for any agency to assess its own patrol staffing
Performance Measurement and Interoperability
Defines interoperable communications, performance measures, and the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum
A Police Organizational Model for Crime Reduction
Presents a new and comprehensive organizational model, called the Stratified Model of Problem Solving, Analysis, and Accountability, for the institutionalization of effective crime reduction strategies into police agencies
Police Recruitment and Retention for the New Millennium
Summarizes for police practitioners lessons on recruiting and retaining diverse, effective workforces
Rank and File: Reflections on Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement
In August 2017, 40 rank-and-file officers met for a roundtable to discuss their roles in implementing their agencies' community policing policies and operations.
Risk Management in Law Enforcement: Discussions on Identifying and Mitigating Risk for Officers, Departments, and the Public
In the course of executing their duties, law enforcement agencies are vulnerable to costly lawsuits by officers and community members for claims of misconduct, harm, or violation of rights - lawsuits that can undermine not only the financial security of the agencies but also the well-being of the officers and the public they serve.
Strategies for Reducing Police Agency Service Delivery Costs: Practitioner Guide
Helps law enforcement agencies identify cost reduction strategies that would work well for their agencies