COPS Logo Return to previous page. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
U.S. Department of Justice

Building Partnerships with Stakeholders

Effective partnerships between law enforcement and community stakeholders are essential to public safety, and it is important that government agencies, community groups, nonprofits, businesses, and private citizens all embrace public safety as a shared responsibility.

Law enforcement and community members must develop positive working relationships in order to build enduring solutions and increase trust between the police and the public. The COPS Office provides innovative and creative resources that help law enforcement engage community leaders, build lasting partnerships, and improve the health of our communities.

cops office resources

Advancing Community Policing Through Community Governance: A Framework Document
Details the community governance philosophy and describes its implementation in five communities across the country

Bringing Victims into Community Policing
Focuses on the role of crime victims in advancing community policing and includes first responder guides to dealing with victims of crimes

The Collaboration Toolkit for Community Organizations
Outlines how to strengthen partnerships between the community and law enforcement

The Collaboration Toolkit for Law Enforcement: Effective Strategies to Partner with the Community
Designed to assist community organizations initiate effective partnerships with their law enforcement agencies and collaborate on solving crime problems at the neighborhood level

Community Partnerships CD-ROM
Provides resources for community groups and citizens interested in partnering with local law enforcement to promote public safety

The COPS Collaboration Toolkit: How to Build, Fix, and Sustain Productive Partnerships
Provides practical guidance to law enforcement agencies as they develop and sustain partnerships that support community policing

Law Enforcement and Public Health: Resources and Strategies for Safer Communities
Documents the discussion at an executive session aimed at exploring how public health approaches and partnerships can help law enforcement practitioners prevent and reduce incidents of violence

Making the Match: Law Enforcement, the Faith Community and the Value-Based Initiative
Provides an in-depth look at the challenges and successes of partnerships with law enforcement agencies and faith-based and community organizations

Operation Partnership: Trends and Practices in Law Enforcement and Private Security Collaborations
Intended to help law enforcement and private security organizations develop and operate effective partnerships to address issues of mutual concern

Partnering with Businesses to Address Public Safety Problems
Reviews the impact of crime against business and the roles businesses play in contributing to crime

Policing in New Immigrant Communities
Addresses the common challenges that law enforcement agencies face when working with immigrant communities

Problem-Solving Partnerships: Including the Community for a Change
Summarizes findings from the national evaluation of the COPS Problem-Solving Partnership (PSP) program conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

Reaching Out to the Private Sector: Building Partnerships and Managing your Workforce
Compiles suggestions and solutions from top criminal justice leaders and Fortune 500 executives on the topics of recruitment and retention, organizational transformation, and leadership development

Shifting and Sharing Responsibility for Public Safety Problems
Examines how police can persuade private citizens, business, or other government agencies to respond to common crime and disorder problems

Strengthening the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color: Developing an Agenda
Summarizes the April 2014 forum in which law enforcement officials, civil rights activists, academic experts, community leaders, and policy makers convened with the COPS Office to develop a set of action items to help mend the long fractured relationship between law enforcement and communities of color

Page Location:
Community Policing Topics > Building Partnerships