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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recognizes that effective partnerships between law enforcement and community stakeholders are essential to public safety. Government agencies, community groups, nonprofits, businesses and private citizens must all embrace public safety as a shared responsibility. With this in mind, the COPS Office provides innovative and creative resources that help law enforcement engage community leaders, build lasting partnerships and improve the overall health of the communities.

In December 2016, the OJP Diagnostic Center hosted the Symposium on 21st Century Violence Reduction Strategies in Phoenix, Arizona addressing comprehensive, collaborative and effective prevention-oriented approaches to violent crime reduction. The event convened nearly two-hundred key stakeholders from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, probation and parole organizations, United States Attorneys and court practitioners from twenty communities across the United States.  

Springettsbury Township (PA) Police Chief Daniel Stump and his department will receive the Crispus Attucks Community Association’s Heart of Change Community Service Award this Sunday March 19 for their efforts in bridging the gap between the community and the police. Last year, the Diagnostic Center began working with Chief Stump and the Springettsbury Township Police Department (STPD) to identify agency blind spots and help the department develop stronger community relations.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative is a collaborative, nationwide program aimed at reducing gun and gang crime in America by networking local programs and providing them with additional tools necessary to be successful. Since 2001, funding for this initiative has been used to hire federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gunlock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime and develop community outreach efforts and gang violence reduction strategies.

Over the past decade, the large number of individuals with mental illnesses in jails has become a public health crisis and top priority for county leaders. The Stepping Up initiative aims to help combat this crisis. Their recent report addresses six major questions for county leaders to consider when developing a blueprint to assess their existing efforts and measure progress. Through implementing a systems-level, data-driven plan, counties can drive measurable reductions in the number of people with mental illnesses in local jails.

Social media has grown to become one of the most powerful communication channels in law enforcement. A scan of practice among law enforcement agencies across the United States indicates that social media is most commonly used to notify the public of safety concerns, manage public relations and gather evidence for criminal investigations.