The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 1 | Issue 3 | March 2008

The COPS Office – Practicing What We Preach

Community policing supports the systematic use of partnerships. It is what we ask from our grantees, what we teach in our training sessions, and what we promote in our publications. It is also what we practice. The most recent example is the COPS Office’s new partnership with the United Negro College Foundation Special Programs Corporation (SP).

SP was established on April 1, 2000 as an independent 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with the broad mandate to support all minority-serving institutions, both domestic and international, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).1 Through the 2007 Community Policing Development Program, the COPS Office awarded funding to SP for its Campus-Community Policing Partnership. This new partnership consists of COPS Office program management, SP as the national manager, and teams from three HBCUs with their local law enforcement agencies and community stakeholders as project implementers.

The three pilot HBCU sites for the Campus-Community Policing Partnership are Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Arkansas), Benedict College (Columbia, South Carolina), and LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, Tennessee). At each site, the college and law enforcement liaisons will form and lead work groups of key stakeholders who will identify violent crime and gang problems, community and police perceptions of these issues, challenges encountered by police when developing or enacting community policing strategies, and ideas for new strategies. Based on all data, the work groups will develop action plans to implement one or more strategies in their communities. This approach will incorporate the SARA model of problem solving and will advance and integrate community policing strategies that proactively prevent violent crime and gang activity. The findings will be used to create a replicable national community model that the COPS Office will help to promote and disseminate.

The COPS Office is proud of its history of investment in campus public safety initiatives. Past and current efforts include the following:

We are also pleased that we are engaging new partners and look forward to sharing our success stories from our new relationship with the United Negro College Foundation Special Programs Corporation and its participating HBCUs in the very near future.

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