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 For Immediate Release
April 19, 2006

CONTACT: Gilbert Moore
(202) 616-1728

FEDERAL COPS OFFICE TO HOST FREE COMMUNITY POLICING CONFERENCE

On-line Registration Now Available

Washington D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced plans to host a free national community policing conference this summer. Community Policing: Leading the Way to a Safer Nation will be held here on July 27th - 29th, and is expected to attract more than 1,200 police chiefs, sheriffs, officers, municipal officials, community leaders, and others concerned with community policing.

Community policing is a crime fighting strategy that encourages police and communities to work together to proactively address crime, disorder, and the factors that contribute to each. Community policing has been well-received by both law enforcement and communities because it has proven to be effective and it promotes mutual trust and respect between police and the citizens they serve. Statistics indicate that 64 percent of law enforcement agencies in the U.S., serving 86 percent of the American population engage in community policing.

The conference will provide participants with training and insight on a variety of law enforcement and community policing issues, and it will emphasize the role of leaders in implementing community policing practices. The conference will feature 48 workshops on issues ranging from human trafficking and methamphetamine to gangs, the use of force, and effectively working with disenfranchised communities.

"Community Policing is constantly evolving, and law enforcement agencies have aggressively adopted this approach to fighting crime because it works, and because it encourages partnerships that build trust between the community and police," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. COPS is pleased to bring law enforcement, municipal government, and civic leaders from all over the country together to learn from each other and to become even more familiar with the many aspects of community policing."

Conference participation is free, but attendance is limited to the first 1,200 registrants. For registration and conference information, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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