|Office of Community
Oriented Policing Services
U.S. Department of Justice
DEFINITION: Community policing is a philosophy that promotes and supports organizational strategies to address the causes and reduce the fear of crime and social disorder. Agencies are expected to implement or enhance community policing strategies illustrating community partnerships, problem solving, and organizational commitment.
COMPLIANCE: At the time of application, grantees are required to submit a community policing plan describing the community policing activities that will be executed by the local law enforcement agency. Grantees are not required to implement every community policing activity identified on the approved plan to demonstrate compliance. Instead, the plan may often identify a broad range of possible community policing activities, with the grantee implementing specific community policing strategies from the approved plan on an as-needed basis throughout the life of the grant. Any significant changes to the community policing plan identified in the grant application must be submitted in writing to the COPS Office. Changes are "significant" if they deviate from the range of possible community policing activities identified and approved in the grantee's original community policing plan.