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Ethics and Integrity
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Police integrity and ethics are fundamental to effective policing and help build trust within communities. Sound conduct by police improves community interactions, enhances communication, and promotes shared responsibility for addressing crime and disorder.
Police departments can repair and strengthen community relationships by understanding and training officers on three key concepts: procedural justice, bias reduction, and racial reconciliation. Together and when implemented, these concepts create an environment in which effective partnerships between the police and citizens can flourish. The COPS Office seeks to provide these critical resources to ensure integrity and ethics are well-understood and embedded in the culture of policing.
Cultures of Integrity Technical Assistance Guides: Details projects resulting from the COPS Office Creating a Culture of Integrity grant program
Boston Police Department Explores seven strategies the Boston Police Department used to strengthen its integrity and accountability to its officers and the public
Virginia Beach Police Department Details the steps the Virginia Beach Police Department took to enhance police integrity by focusing on leadership development, coaching and mentoring, and an improved citizen complaint system and complaint mediation program
San Diego Police Department Details how the San Diego Police Department has adopted its own Early Identification and Intervention System (EIIS), including a very useful step-by-step outline that can help other agencies build their own successful systems