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    Bringing Victims into Community Policing

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      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 among the police, crime victims, and victim organizations.

    Bullying in Schools

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. There is always concern about school violence, and police have assumed greater responsibility for helping school officials ensure students’ safety. As pressure increases to place officers in schools, police agencies must decide how best to contribute to student safety. This guide provides police with information about the causes and extent of bullying in schools and recommendations for developing effective approaches and practices that contribute to student safety.

    Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs, 2nd edition

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2006. This guide addresses the problem of clandestine drug labs. Offenders manufacture a variety of illicit drugs in such labs, including methamphetamine, amphetamines, MDMA (ecstasy), methcathinone, PCP, LSD, and fentanyl, although methamphetamine accounts for 80 to 90 percent of the labs total drug production. Accordingly, the problem of clandestine drug labs is closely tied with the problems associated with methamphetamine abuse (2nd Edition).

    The Collaboration Toolkit: How to Build, Fix and Sustain Productive Partnerships

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), 2001. This toolkit provides practical guidance to law enforcement agencies as they develop and sustain partnerships that support community policing. The toolkit will benefit law enforcement personnel, community-based organizations, educators, youth, government officials, and others seeking to combine efforts to reduce crime and social disorder problems.

    Community Policing in Action! A Practitioner's Eye View of Organizational Change

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2003. Law enforcement agencies are traditionally reluctant to reexamine processes that have proven effective, but what if there’s a better way? This document focuses on nine agencies determined to reorient their organizations around the principles of community policing. It details the challenges they faced in implementing a variety of organizational change projects, and collects the lessons they learned

    COPS In Schools: The COPS Commitment to School Safety

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), March 2004. This fact sheet profiles the training and program requirements for the COPS in Schools (CIS) Program, which is funded under the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Through the CIS Program, almost $715 million has been awarded to more than 2,900 law enforcement agencies to fund more than 6,300 school resource officers (SRO). Through SROs working in partnership with school administrators, community policing strategies are being implemented to prevent school violence and present educational programs designed to improve student and schools' safety.

    COPS Tribal Resources Fact Sheet

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), 2004. This fact sheet presents the 2004 funding provisions for the Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP) and the Tribal Hiring Renewal Grant Program (THRGP), which are part of a battery of programs created by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to meet the needs of law enforcement in Native American communities.

    Crime Analysis in America

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2003. This is the final report of a COPS-funded study conducted by the University of South Alabama concerning the nation's law enforcement crime analysis units. Researchers conducted national telephone interviews, mail surveys, and site visits to develop a comprehensive understanding of the state of crime analysis in the United States. The researchers also provide recommendations on ways that local law enforcement agencies can enhance and develop their own crime analysis capabilities.

    Crime Analysis in America Findings and Recommendations

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), April 2003. This guide is a product of the findings of a recent study conducted by the University of South Alabama documenting the state of crime analysis in the nation's law enforcement agencies. These findings and recommendations are intended to inform police managers of the structural issues to address when considering a crime analysis function within a community policing context. They are also intended to expose the current limitations of crime analysis and the policies that those findings imply.

    Disorderly Youth in Public Places

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. This guide provides a general discussion of the problem of disorderly youth in public places and reviews the factors that contribute to it. The guide also identifies questions to ask when dealing with a disorderly youth problem, proposes numerous responses to the problem, and identifies ways to measure the effectiveness of responses to the problem.

    Environmental Assessment for the Methamphetamine Initiative Fact Sheet

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2004. The COPS Office, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), completed its most recent Environmental Assessment in 2003 of the Methamphetamine Initiative. The 2003 Environmental Assessment covers the use of federal funds for the following grant-funded activities: training of law enforcement officers; salaries and benefits; purchase of approved equipment and supplies; interdiction of and removal of laboratories; proper transportation, storage, and disposal of finished products; and/or preventive efforts to reduce the spread of the production and use of methamphetamine.

    Evaluation of COPS Office Methamphetamine Initiative

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2003. This report presents the methodology and findings of the evaluation of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services' Methamphetamine Initiative for each of the six sites involved. In response to the dramatic increase in methamphetamine production, sale, and use in many U.S. communities over the past two decades, COPS created the Methamphetamine Initiative program, which provided $4.5 million to six U.S. cities to implement antimethamphetamine projects.

    Gang Reference Card for Parents

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), October 2005. This quick and easy reference guide provides common warning signs of gang involvement. Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with local gangs symbols, seek help early, and consider contacting school officials, local law enforcement, faith leaders, and community organizations for additional assistance. The Gang Reference Card for Parents is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Vietnamese.

    Guide to Using School COP to Address Student Discipline and Crime Problems

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2001. This guide is designed to help school administrators, police officers assigned to a school, and nonsworn school security staff reduce student discipline and crime problems using a new software application called the School Crime Operations Package, or School COP. School COP is designed to enable users record and store detailed information about incidents involving student misconduct and crime.

    Innovations: Combating Methamphetamine Laboratories and Abuse: Strategies for Success

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2003. This publication provides a brief summary of the findings of the National Evaluation and suggests ways that agencies can better deal with their own methamphetamine problems through a discussion of the COPS Problem-Oriented Policing Guide to Clandestine Laboratories.

    Innovations: Community Policing in Smaller Jurisdictions

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      This Innovations piece highlights specific projects and the progress of American law enforcement agencies that received COPS grants and the impact COPS helped make on their communities. Promising Strategies from the Field focuses on ways COPS grantees operationalize and institutionalize community policing strategies to reduce crime and improve communication between law enforcement and the communities in their jurisdictions. This edition, Community Policing in Smaller Jurisdictions, focuses on innovative solutions developed by 11 small- to mid-sized agencies.

    Innovations: Creative Partnerships: Supporting Youth, Building Communities

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2002. This 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.

    Interagency Response to Domestic Violence

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2003. This study examines one city’s efforts to reduce domestic violence through the coordinated work of the city police department and a wide range of criminal justice, social services, and community agencies. This research entailed study of an interagency domestic violence coalition, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee (DVCC), as well as two exploratory analyses of the city police department’s domestic violence data. After presenting the methodology and literature review, the findings of this study are presented in two parts.

    Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), November 2004. This intelligence guide was prepared in response to requests from law enforcement executives for guidance on intelligence functions in a post-September 11 world. It will help law enforcement agencies develop or enhance their intelligence capacity and enable them to fight terrorism and other crimes while preserving community policing relationships.

    Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Small and Rural Police Agencies

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), November 2005. This practical and user-friendly guidebook is geared to the small and rural police agency, providing strategies, best practices, recommendations, and ideas for successful IT planning and implementation. Agencies with minimal personnel and financing can learn how to implement IT projects from preliminary project planning and project plan creation to technology acquisition, implementation, and maintenance. This guidebook complements the Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!). When used together, they make an impressive toolset for technology implementation.

    Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!)

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2002. The Law Enforcement Tech Guide presents best practices in strategic IT planning and procurement, reveals pitfalls to avoid, and consolidates and expands on various sources of relevant information currently available. The Guide reviews best practices to help create a user-friendly product that will provide law enforcement with the tools they need to successfully achieve their IT goals.

    Methamphetamine Initiative Fact Sheets

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), December 2005. This fact sheet gives information about how COPS grants have helped to combat the spread of Methamphetamine use and production. Since 1998, COPS has invested more than $385 million nationwide to stop this problem In fiscal year 2005, COPS awarded nearly $53 million to fight the escalating Methamphetamine problem.

    People with Mental Illness

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), May 2006. This guide describes the challenges police face when dealing with people with mental illness. Police officers encounter people with mental illness in many different types of situation, in roles that include criminal offenders, disorderly persons, missing persons, complainants, victims and persons in need of care. This guide is an essential tool for local law enforcement to analyze their local problems associated with people with mental illness and reviews responses to these problems based on evaluative research and police practice.

    Police-Community Partnerships to Address Domestic Violence

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), 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.

    Problem-Solving Tips: A Guide to Reducing Crime and Disorder through Problem-Solving Partnerships

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2006. The guide serves as a reference for those in all stages of implementing the problem-solving approach. It contains insights into every stage of the process, most of which are drawn from the experience of law enforcement officers in the field. The guide relies on the SARA model: scanning, analyzing, response, and assessment of problems.

    School Vandalism and Break-Ins

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), July 2005. This manual provides guidelines for assessing the problem of school vandalism and break-ins locally and developing effective responses. A discussion of school vandalism and break-ins notes factors that contribute to the problem, including offender characteristics, motivations, times, and targets. Offenders are typically young males acting in small groups under a range of motivations that include theft, stopping school operations, protesting school policies, and expressing of frustration or rage.

    SRO Performance Evaluation: A Guide to Getting Results

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2005. The evaluation captures the lessons learned from a COPS-funded, 2-year pilot project conducted by Circle Solutions, Inc. The result is a step-by-step guide to help law enforcement and school personnel use school resource officers (SRO) effectively. To better address school crime and disorder, it also provides guidance on how to match the SRO’s actual performance to their evaluations.

    Street Gangs and Interventions: Innovative Problem Solving With Network Analysis

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2005. This Innovations piece reviews prevention, intervention, suppression, and comprehensive strategies to address this issue of gangs and provides examples of each. It also offers a case study of problem analysis in Newark, New Jersey through the Greater Newark Safer Cities Initiative. This paper discusses the unique utility of network analysis in the resulting problem analysis and emphasizes the important role of an academic research partner. Finally, the piece considers the importance of sustainability with regard to problem analysis.

    Tackling Crime and Other Public Safety Problems: Case Studies in Problem - Solving

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 1999. This compilation provides detailed descriptions of nearly 50 problem-oriented policing efforts dealing with a wide variety of specific crime and social disorder problems. Editor’s notes are included after each section detailing the noteworthy aspects of each effort.

    Using Analysis for Problem-Solving: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement

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      Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2006. This guide provides law enforcement practitioners with a resource for conducting problem analysis. It summarizes many challenges of the analysis phase of the problem-solving process. This book builds on the foundation presented in Problem-Solving Tips: A Guide to Reducing Crime and Disorder Through Problem-Solving Partnerships, and complements the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Series. The guide also identifies tools for analysis and proposes tips for effectively using each tool.

 

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