About The Dispatch

The Community Policing Dispatch is the award-winning e-newsletter of the COPS Office. Produced monthly since 2007, the Dispatch has been advancing the COPS Office mission by educating its readers about issues pertaining to the implementation and practice of community policing. The Dispatch publishes a wide range of articles, but its primary aim is to showcase best practices in implementing community policing and give readers the opportunity to learn from their peers.

The Dispatch has twice been honored by the National Association of Government Communicators, with Gold Screen awards for outstanding e-Newsletter (2009) and Web Article (2010). It is published on the COPS Office website at www.cops.usdoj.gov/html/dispatch/index.html.

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The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement of the product by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.

The Internet references cited in this publication were valid as of the date of this publication. Given that URLs and websites are in constant flux, neither the author(s) nor the COPS Office can vouch for their current validity.


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