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

pen and ink image 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 Community Policing 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.

Our audience is more than just our grantees. It is anyone with an interest in the field of community policing. More important, it is anyone with an interest in improving public safety from the neighborhood to the national level. This includes law enforcement officers, policymakers, researchers, and a variety of community stakeholders. These audiences are our partners as the COPS Office works to increase the capacity of law enforcement to implement effective community policing strategies. The Dispatch is our newest way of communicating with our partners.

Each month, the Dispatch will offer readers brief articles examining how community policing relates to different issues, overviews of promising practices from the field, and links to additional reading and resources. Readers will also have easy access to new COPS publications through the Resource Information Center and its online ordering capabilities. The Dispatch will also highlight upcoming events and trainings, and keep our partners up to date about what is new and noteworthy at the COPS Office.

As an agency that values collaboration and communication, we encourage our partners to work with us in achieving our common goals. The Dispatch therefore encourages its readers to offer feedback as well as suggestions for future issues. We are excited about this new endeavor and hope you will find the Community Policing Dispatch as valuable a resource as we do.

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