|Office of Community
Oriented Policing Services
U.S. Department of Justice
Want to know how your agency is doing on community policing?
Looking for ways to measure and capture the good work your agency has done in building positive relationships with community partners?
Try the Community Policing Self-Assessment Tool, (CP-SAT)!
CP-SAT is a web-based survey that helps law enforcement agencies (LEA) measure their progress in implementing community policing. It was developed by the COPS Office in partnership with research organizations and law enforcement stakeholder groups. The CP-SAT captures information about community partnerships, problem solving, and organizational impact.
While the COPS Office no longer provides logistical support for agencies to implement the CP-SAT; we strongly encourage law enforcement agencies to implement the CP-SAT on their own or in partnership with local research organizations using the CP-SAT survey instrument.
Below you will find more detailed information about the CP-SAT tool and how it may be of use to assessing your agency’s progress in community policing.
The CP-SAT measures three key components of community policing:
The Community Policing Self-Assessment Tool (CP-SAT) provides law enforcement agencies with the ability to measure the extent to which they have implemented community policing initiatives and provides them direction with areas that they can further develop. The CP-SAT was developed with significant input from community policing experts and practitioners and was designed to meet scientific standards for rigor, while also being user-friendly. This tool was created based on over five years of work by COPS, ICF International, and Police Executive Research Forum and has been administered in agencies across the United States, and Puerto Rico.
All interested Law Enforcement Agencies are eligible to self-administer the SP-SAT. Formerly, the CP-SAT was a mandatory requirement for CHP grantees and was available to tribal LEAs on a voluntary basis. If you are an agency that would like to administer the CP-SAT, we are currently compiling an implementation guide for agencies to administer the CP-SAT on their own or with a research partner of their choice. The complete CP-SAT survey instrument and questions will be made available in the near future. Please check here or contact the COPS Office Response Center at askCopsRC@usdoj.gov for a status update.
The survey is completed by all sworn staff, select civilian staff, and representatives from community partner organizations who are knowledgeable about the agency and how it interacts with partners and the community.
The CP-SAT survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete per respondent.
Agencies should select a key contact who will administer the CP-SAT to participants, including coordinating the pre-survey notification email from the Chief Executive and sending the initial survey invitation and at least two reminder emails prior to their administration start date. ICF will also track survey response rate and prepare and send the CP-SAT Results Report to each agency.
No. Police academy recruits who are not serving in the field should not be invited to participate in the CP-SAT survey. All other sworn staff, including officers involved in field training, should be invited to participate in the CP-SAT.