The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 2 | Issue 9 | September 2009

Join COPS at the IACP Conference

IACP's logo The COPS Office is looking forward to participating in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Denver, Colorado, between October 3 and October 7. To learn more about how community policing keeps America safe, look for COPS Office representatives at Booth 4121 and at the following sessions for the latest community policing news and innovations:

Recruiting and Hiring the Best
October 4, 2009, 3:30 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center 605–607

It is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit and hire people with the right mix of skills and talent to be successful law enforcement officers. The need for effective strategies to ensure that agencies are appropriately staffed is greater than ever. This session will highlight COPS Office hiring initiatives and other resources for supporting the effective recruiting and hiring of staff. The IACP will discuss its services and partnerships with the COPS Office and other Department of Justice agencies to assist its membership. In addition, local agencies will discuss how they are applying innovative strategies to increase their applicant pool, attract quality candidates, and retain current personnel. Panelists will present information on finding quality candidates, managing an agency's recruitment program, pre-academy hiring, the testing process, controlling the screening process, and lateral transfers.

Do Your Citizens and Your Officers Trust You?
October 4, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center 107–109

The role of Internal Affairs (IA) in ensuring accountability and integrity in the profession is essential to mutual trust-building between agency employees and the community. This session will feature a discussion of two COPS Office-funded internal affairs projects. The Los Angeles Police Department will discuss the first-ever ongoing major cities IA collaboration through a community of practice. The primary purpose of the project is to create an opportunity for select law enforcement agencies to meet on a continuous basis to develop and share IA standards and best practices. The IACP will discuss its project that resulted in a best practices guide now available to help law enforcement agencies make rational and informed decisions and improve their IA function. By documenting lessons learned, obstacles encountered, and best practiced approaches, the IACP guide is a significant step toward the goal of standardizing IA actions across all levels of law enforcement in the United States. This standardization may result in greatly enhanced trust between the police and the citizens they serve.

The Promise of Law Enforcement and Community Developer Partnerships: Building our Way Out of Crime
October 6, 2009, 8:00 a.m.
Colorado Convention Center 205–207

The fields of urban policing and grassroots community economic development have long and rich traditions, although until recently they have rarely collaborated in a way that maximizes the important tools that each possesses. Civic-minded community developers and the police can, and indeed do, contribute to reversing decades of decline and crime in many neighborhoods throughout the country. This workshop will highlight the value of law enforcement and community developer partnerships, and the impact they are having on revitalizing communities by promoting economic development and reducing crime and disorder. Three communities with extensive track records and proven results— Minneapolis, Minnesota; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Providence, Rhode Island—will be featured, and the specific roles that development professionals and law enforcement play will be explored. The workshop will include speakers who had first-hand roles and experience in law enforcement and community developer projects. They will discuss their experiences, lessons learned, and their recommendations for others interested in pursuing these partnerships.

Ready or Not Here They Come: Is Your Agency Prepared for Returning Offenders?
October 6, 2009, 3:30 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center 605–607

According to Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2006, nearly 700,000 people are released from U.S prisons annually; 95 percent of them return to the communities they left. For many law enforcement professionals, this means arresting and re-arresting the same individuals. Reentry is a critical strategy for law enforcement agencies and their partners to prevent future crimes and victimizations. Using problem-solving approaches, law enforcement professionals collaboratively identify the factors that drive recidivism, analyze the causes, then develop and evaluate their efforts to address reentry issues in their jurisdictions. This workshop will provide participants with the 10 elements required to develop an effective, comprehensive approach to reentry. They will also learn how to plan, develop, and evaluate reentry strategies that recognize that each jurisdiction is unique and should have a reentry strategy that best suits its situation.

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