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The COPS Office is pleased to release the following new publications as we meet with public safety professionals at the International Association of Chiefs of Police's 126th Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, IL.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) examines key areas for community policing. These areas include de-escalation; crisis intervention; first-line supervisors; early intervention systems; internal affairs; recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention; and data systems.
New and seasoned law enforcement executives as well as the personnel who work for chiefs and sheriffs have a responsibility to engage in ongoing, collaborative, and sincere efforts to improve the outreach and service to their communities. Law enforcement leaders should engage in dialogue as they assess the particular needs and areas of concern for the communities they serve and should work collaboratively to develop and implement a strategic plan.
The guide was developed in collaboration with experts and practitioners from across the country and provides best and promising practices grounded in academic research and practical experience suitable for agencies of all sizes. In order to address the complex relationship among each of these issues, the guide provides actionable checklists to start a conversation about the actions law enforcement agencies can take to positively affect the quality of life and safety for every member of the community.
The Arlington County (Virginia) Police Department (ACPD) has instituted the Arlington Restaurant Initiative, a voluntary accreditation system based on Best Bar None—a program designed to establish and promote relationships between restaurants and bars, local authorities, and the community by promoting responsible alcohol management—that originated in Manchester, UK, in 2003.
This publication describes the ACPD’s work to change its policing approach in the popular Clarendon nightlife area from a focus on enforcement to a focus on prevention. It also discusses a research analysis of the program conducted by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.
In November 2018, the OSW Group continued and expanded on previous discussions of methods of supporting emotional health and organizational wellness; this meeting focused particularly on line-of-duty deaths (in felonious assaults as well as in accidents), mental health and suicide, and crisis hotlines and other programs to help address law enforcement health and safety.
There is important work to be done in this area, and families, community members, and others can contribute as well by supporting officer safety and wellness, participating in conversations and programming, and working to reduce the negative stigma surrounding mental health issues.
A crucial element of law enforcement mental health and wellness is officers’ and deputies’ ability to rely on their families for support. Those family members need care and support in turn, and other law enforcement families are among the best equipped to provide it. In this publication, the International Association of Chiefs of Police discusses the need for family support groups and some important things to consider when establishing one.