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Defining community policing can be a difficult task, as many experts in the policing and criminal justice fields have different understandings of exactly what it is.  However, community policing can be more easily identified by understanding these three core elements: problem solving, organizational change, and community partnerships.  The following resources will help explain these various aspects of community policing, which together represent a proactive, preventative approach to controlling crime and increasing public safety.

The resources in this section of this CD provide best practices for building and sustaining community-police partnerships, as well as illustrating successful examples of communities that have improved quality of life through committed cooperation between private citizens and law enforcement.  Police, together with local businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, social agencies, and community members, can reduce crime and disorder while building mutual trust and initiating community mobilization.

Funding is often a critical element for the success of partnership projects.  Below is a list of funding opportunities and resources from federal and non-federal sources.

These organizations support the efforts of citizens working alongside police to ensure public safety in their communities.

These publications from the COPS Office also provide information about community and police partnerships.  They are available both to order and download on the COPS Office web site.


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