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Additional COPS Office Publications
Bringing Victims into Community Policing COPS PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2002. This publication focuses on the role of crime victims in advancing community policing. It includes "first responder" guides to dealing with victims, a "model" policy for the prevention of repeat victimization, and the benefits of developing relationships between the police, crime victims, and victim organizations.
Creative Partnerships: Supporting Youth, Building Communities COPS PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2005. This COPS Innovations piece highlights community policing approaches to developing partnerships with youth. Three youth-focused programs funded by the COPS Office serve as examples of partnerships that law enforcement, schools, and community organizations can form to address issues of juvenile crime and victimization.
Links in the Chain: Two Communities Respond to Stalking (Video CD-ROM) COPS     HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2005. This discussion guide and the companion 20-minute video are excellent training and educational tools for all levels of law enforcement, victim service providers, and community stakeholders seeking to develop multidisciplinary, collaborative responses to the serious problem of stalking. The video, which defines stalking, how it often occurs, and how to respond to it, can be used in conjunction with training that focuses on community policing, victim safety, and community collaboration.
Partnering with Businesses to Address Public Safety Problems COPS PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), April 2006. In the United States, the annual cost of crime to businesses is in the billions of dollars. This guide reviews the impact of crime on business and the roles businesses play in contributing to crime. It presents and analyzes types of partnerships and strategies for forming partnerships. It concludes with examples of business-police partnerships and programs, some that are known to be effective and others that are still largely untested.
Police-Community Partnerships to Address Domestic Violence COPS / PERF PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), March 2006. Through the community policing philosophy and its practices, some law enforcement agencies are seeking to improve their effectiveness in dealing with the problem of domestic violence by forming police-community partnerships to enhance their response options. PERF, with funding from the COPS Office, explored the nature, function, and impact of such police-community partnerships. The research shows that partnerships between police and community partners have made improvements in the way that agencies communicate with each other and in how they focus their energies on improving the safety of victims of domestic violence. This publication highlights such initiatives around the country that can be replicated to better address domestic violence.
Shifting and Sharing Responsibility for Public Safety Problems COPS PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2005. Although the police address many public safety problems effectively in the exercise of their normal authority and expertise, they have come to depend on others to aid them by addressing the conditions that underlie crime and disorder. With such help, the police can more effectively prevent and control such problems. This guide examines how the police can persuade private citizens, business, or the government to respond to common crime and disorder problems, provided that they do not violate basic standards of propriety and legality.
Teen Action Toolkit: Building a Youth-led Response to Teen Victimization COPS / NCVC PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), May 2007. The toolkit is a hands-on implementation guide for the Teen Action Partnership (TAP) for Teen Victims program. TAP for Teen Victims is a program that marshals the strengths of youth as leaders to transform their communities' response to teenage victims of crime, while building the resilience of the youth participants at the same time. It is intended as a resource for educators, law enforcement personnel, outreach workers, victim service providers, youth workers, teens, and others who might be interested in starting a youth-led effort to improve local policies, outreach, and services for adolescent crime victims. While this toolkit can be used as a stand-alone resource, ideally its use should be accompanied by training and technical assistance from the National Center for Victims of Crime's Teen Victim Initiative staff.
Best Practices and Case Studies: Partnerships in Action
Community Mobilization: The Foundation for Community Policing FBI     HTML Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), June 2001. Written by a community organizer, this article summarizes the successes of community-police partnerships in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, California. A team of police and civilian community organizers formed the City Heights Neighborhood Alliance, which worked to reduce drug-related crimes while improving quality of life for area residents.
Making the Match: Law Enforcement, the Faith Community and the Value-Based Initiative COPS PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2004. From 2000 to 2003, COPS awarded grants to law enforcement agencies to partner with faith-based and other community organizations through the Value-Based Initiative program. This publication provides an in-depth look at how some of the partnerships those grants funded have come together, the challenges they have met, and the successes they have enjoyed. The guide contains suggestions and guidelines on starting a police and faith-based community partnership, with input from those who have done so successfully.
Problem-Solving Partnerships: Including the Community for a Change COPS PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2001. This brochure highlights a handful of problem-solving projects of COPS Office grantees who used the SARA model in conjunction with community partnerships to address crime issues in their communities. Also included are recommendations for agencies and their partners that can help ensure success for future problem-solving projects.
Problem-Solving Tips: A Guide to Reducing Crime and Disorder through Problem-Solving Partnerships COPS PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. This guidebook, part of the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police series, will help communities use the SARA model (scanning, analysis, response and assessment) for building problem-solving partnerships.
The COPS Collaboration Toolkit: How to Build, Fix, and Sustain Productive Partnerships COPS PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2001. Law enforcement alone cannot implement and advance community policing. This toolkit is a guide for law enforcement agencies and their partners for developing and sustaining productive partnerships. Applicable to many types of police-community partnerships, this guide will help in identifying stakeholders, building mutual trust, developing a shared vision and goals, promoting teamwork and open communication, sustaining motivation, and implementing an action plan.
Grant and Funding Information     HTML, n.d. This comprehensive web site, maintained by the Federal Government, contains information about finding and applying for all federal grant programs. allows users to search and apply for grant opportunities online.
Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program JAG     HTML Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), n.d. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and to improve the criminal justice system.
MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards Program MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards Program     HTML MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards Program, n.d. MetLife Foundation, in conjunction with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), has sponsored an awards program that offers grants to innovative police and community partnerships. Follow this path to learn more: Our Goals > Fostering Livable, Safe & Healthy Environments > Community Safety > MetLife Foundation Awards Program.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) CFDA     HTML The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), n.d. This online catalog provides access to a database of all federal programs available to state and local governments. Programs are cross-indexed and classified into 15 types of assistance.
Weed and Seed Weed and Seed     HTML Weed and Seed, n.d. Through their local U.S. Attorney's Office, communities may apply to become part of the Weed and Seed strategy, which is an innovative, comprehensive, multiagency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization.
Introduction to Community Policing
Community Policing Explained: A Guide for Local Governments COPS / ICMA PDF TXT HTML Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), August 2007. This COPS Office guide gives a brief, accessible history of modern policing and defines the three core elements of community policing. It also helps explain the importance of setting reasonable expectations of community policing measures and outlines the necessary process of assessing their results.
Crime Prevention and Community Policing: A Vital Partnership BJA   TXT   Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), September 1997. Community policing and crime prevention share a common purpose: making the public safer and communities healthier. This report argues that the community policing approach offers many benefits for crime prevention, such as police-community engagement, a proactive focus, and an emphasis on problem solving. Included are eight examples of cities that implemented community policing successfully in their crime-prevention efforts.
Understanding Community Policing: A Framework for Action BJA PDF TXT   Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), n.d. This monograph provides an in-depth understanding of the history of community policing, which is presented as a method of improving mutual trust between law enforcement and community members. Chapter 3 emphasizes the necessity of building strong community partnerships and sharing responsibility for crime problems with local government officials, social agencies, schools, church groups, businesses, and others in the community.
Related Resources
National Association of Town Watch NATW     HTML National Association of Town Watch (NATW), n.d. Sponsors of the annual National Night Out program, the National Association of Town Watch is a nonprofit organization that supports community involvement in promoting public safety. Go to the 'About' page to learn more.
National Crime Prevention Council NCPC     HTML National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), n.d. Known best for McGruff the Crime Dog, the NCPC sponsors a number of programs and initiatives to keep families and communities safe from crime. The NCPC web site features publications, trainings, and other resources to help communities' efforts in crime prevention.
Volunteers in Police Service VIPS     HTML Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), n.d. The mission of the VIPS Program is to support law enforcement agencies wishing to implement or strengthen volunteer programs for citizens.