The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 1 | Issue 1 | January 2008

From the Desk of Director Peed:
Welcome to the Community Policing Dispatch

The COPS Office, as a leader in providing innovative, customer-focused resources for those engaged in enhancing public safety through community policing, is pleased to present the inaugural issue of our
e-newsletter. The Dispatch is a monthly forum for sharing the latest ideas, perspectives, and theories on community policing and its implementation. This is in keeping with the principles of community policing that place emphasis on the benefits of partnerships,
problem-solving, and information sharing. As our agency strives to be the embodiment of community policing nationally and globally, we aim to share the information we gather with a broad audience. Read More

Identity Theft: A Challenge for Law Enforcement

computer image Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that roughly 8.4 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2006. The most common type of identity theft is credit card fraud, followed by phone or utilities fraud, bank fraud, and employment fraud. Those who commit identity theft often see it as a simple, risk free way to make extra cash. However, it sometime may be the first step a criminal takes in order to conceal their identity before committing identity theft related crimes. Organized groups such as street gangs, drug traffickers, fraud rings, terrorists, and cyber criminals often use another personís identity to avoid detection from authorities. Read More

Community Policing Nugget: Community Policing Defined

This month we offer a short discussion of the recently updated COPS Office definition of community policing. In future, this space will be used to address specific aspects of the community policing philosophy.
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