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Collaborative Reform

Collaborative Reform improves trust between police agencies and the communities they serve by providing a means to organizational transformation around specific issues. Collaborative Reform is a long-term, holistic strategy that identifies issues within an agency that may affect public trust. It offers recommendations based on a comprehensive agency assessment for how to resolve those issues and enhance the relationship between the police and the community. Agencies selected to participate must demonstrate a commitment to address the recommendations and undertake significant reform efforts.

Collaborative Reform is at work in many police departments around the country. Below you can find more information about the featured police departments, the specific topics under review, and links to available Collaborative Reform reports.

star bullet Baltimore Police Department

The Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice is now engaged in a Pattern and Practice investigation of the Baltimore Police Department. Consequently, the COPS Office is no longer engaged in Collaborative Reform, but is continuing to provide technical assistance to the Baltimore Police Department.

star bullet Calexico Police Department

The initial focus of Collaborative Reform with the Calexico Police Department (CPD) is to improve the policies, procedures, practices, training and operations by taking into account national standards, best practices, existing research and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help CPD achieve the following:

  • Examine community engagement policies, procedures and practices
  • Analyze accountability, oversight and transparency to maximize impact on police effectiveness and police/community relations
  • Assess internal and external investigation policies, procedures, practices and training

Read the Assessment Report and stay tuned for upcoming progress reports. If you have any questions or comments about the work in Calexico, please contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.

star bullet Chester Police Department

Collaborative Reform with the Chester Police Department (CPD) will focus on improving community policing and enhancing public safety by taking into account national standards, best practices, existing research and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help the CPD achieve the following:

  • Improved community relationships
  • Reduction in violent crime (particularly gun violence)
  • Enhanced data collection and analysis
  • Expanded training and professional development for officers and civilian staff
The COPS Office is in the midst of the assessment phase; stay tuned for the initial report. If you have any questions or comments about the work in Chester, please contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.
star bullet Commerce City Police Department

Collaborative Reform with the Commerce City Police Department will focus on improving community policing and enhancing public safety by taking into account national standards, best practices, existing research and community expectations.

star bullet Fayetteville Police Department

The initial focus of Collaborative Reform with the Fayetteville Police Department (FPD) is to review policies, training, and operations as they relate to use of force and interactions with citizens, taking into account national standards, best practices, current/emerging research, and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help FPD achieve the following:

  • Improve training and policies as they relate to use of force and interactions with citizens
  • Improve the quality and transparency of deadly force investigations from both a criminal and administrative standpoint
  • Improve community engagement at all levels of the department, particularly with communities of color
  • Improve oversight and monitoring of uses of force, traffic stops, and pedestrian stops conducted by Fayetteville officers

Read the Assessment Report and stay tuned for upcoming progress reports. If you have any questions or comments about the work in Fayetteville, please contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.

star bullet Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

The COPS Office piloted Collaborative Reform with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) in order to examine policies and practices related to use of force. The COPS Office sought to help LVMPD achieve the following:

  • Reduce the number of officer-involved shootings (OISs)
  • Reduce the number of persons killed as a result of OISs
  • Change the culture of LVMPD as it relates to deadly force
  • Enhance officer safety

Review the Las Vegas Initial Report, Las Vegas Six Month Report and the Las Vegas Final Assessment to find out about LVMPD's progress with Collaborative Reform.

star bullet Milwaukee Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) is to assess, monitor, and assist the Milwaukee Police Department, in concert with the community, in the implementation and sustainment of reforms that improve community-oriented policing practices, transparency, professionalism, accountability, and public trust, taking into account national standards, best practices, current and emerging research, and community expectations.

The following areas will be addressed through the assessment: recruitment, hiring, and personnel practices; community-oriented policing and problem solving; use of force and deadly force practices; citizen stop and search practices; and systems for supervision, accountability, learning, remediation, and discipline.

For more detail, please see the Goal and Objectives Statement. The COPS Office will continually review these objectives to ensure they are meeting the needs of the department and community.

The COPS Office is in the midst of the assessment phase; stay tuned for the initial report. If you have any questions or comments about the work in Milwaukee, please contact us at milwaukee.crita@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.

star bullet North Charleston Police Department

The initial focus of Collaborative Reform with the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) is technical assistance on managing critical incidents, enhancing community policing strategies and increasing community engagement efforts. The COPS Office seeks to help NCPD identify opportunities for improvement and ways to expand the understanding and trust between local law enforcement and the community at-large.

The COPS Office is in the midst of the assessment phase; stay tuned for the initial report. If you have any questions or comments about the work in North Charleston, please contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback

star bullet Philadelphia Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform for the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) is to reform deadly force policies, practices, and related processes in the PPD, taking into account national standards, best practices, current/emerging research, and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help PPD achieve the following:

  • Enhance training as it relates to officer and public safety in deadly force situations
  • Improve the quality and transparency of deadly force investigations from both a criminal and administrative standpoint
  • Strengthen the use of force review process
  • Institutionalize organizational learning processes and practices related to deadly force incidents

Read the Initial Philadelphia Report and the Six-Month Assessment Report to find out about PPD's progress with Collaborative Reform.

If you have any questions or comments about the work in Philadelphia, please contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.

star bullet Salinas Police Department

The initial focus of Collaborative Reform with the Salinas Police Department (SPD) is to improve the responsiveness and accountability to the community by taking into account national standards, best practices, existing research and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help SPD achieve the following:

  • Analyze the responsiveness and deployment of resources to maximize their impact on police effectiveness and police/community relations
  • Examine the agency's use of force policies, practices, training, and related processes
  • Assess communication between command staff, mid-level supervisors, line officers and external stakeholders
  • Examine community trust and engagement, particularly with communities of color, at all levels of the department

Read the Assessment Report and stay tuned for upcoming progress reports. If you have any questions or comments about the work in Salinas, please contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.

star bullet San Francisco Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is to assess, monitor, and assist SFPD, in collaboration with the community, in the implementation and sustainment of reforms that increase public trust through improvements in community oriented policing practices, transparency, professionalism, and accountability, while taking into account national standards, best practices, current and emerging research, and community expectations.

The following areas will be addressed through the assessment: use of force policies and practices; policies, practices, and training to address issues of bias; community policing strategies and protocols; policies and practices regarding complaint and disciplinary processes; recruitment, hiring, and personnel practices; and systems for supervision, accountability, learning, remediation, and discipline.

For more detail, please see the Goal and Objectives Statement. The COPS Office will continually review these objectives to ensure they are meeting the needs of the department and community.

The COPS Office is in the midst of the assessment phase; stay tuned for the initial report. If you have any questions or comments about the work in San Francisco, please contact us at sanfrancisco.crita@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.

star bullet Spokane Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform for the Spokane Police Department (SPD) is to improve departmental use of force processes in the SPD taking into account national standards, best practices, current/emerging research and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help SPD achieve the following:

  • Examine departmental use of force policies and procedures in comparison to national best practices and existing research, identify areas for improvement, and provide recommendations
  • Analyze a sample of use of force investigation files from 2009-2012 and identify trends, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Examine the role of the ombudsman in use of force investigations in comparison to national best practices and existing research
  • Improve SPD organizational culture as it relates to use of force to build trust with the community

Read the Initial Spokane Report and the Six-Month Assessment Report to find out about SPD's progress with Collaborative Reform.

If you have any questions or comments about the work in Spokane, please contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.

star bullet St. Louis County (MO) Police Department

The initial focus of Collaborative Reform with the St. Louis County (MO) Police Department (SLCPD) is to improve constitutional policing policies, practices, and related processes, taking into account national standards, best practices, current and emerging research, and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help SLCPD achieve the following:

  • Enhance in-service training with a specific focus on fair and impartial policing, community engagement, and partnership development
  • Improve the process quality for traffic stops, searches and frisks to prohibit racial profiling
  • Strengthen the policies, practices, training and response for handling protests and mass demonstrations
  • Develop a comprehensive communication strategy for SLCPD personnel and community partners that will serve to increase transparency
  • Improve the recruitment, selection and hiring processes to address minority population underrepresentation on the force

Read the Initial St. Louis County Report and stay tuned for upcoming reports. If you have any questions or comments about the work in St. Louis County, please contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or submit anonymous feedback.

For more information, contact us at technicalassistance@usdoj.gov or call 202-353-4400.


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