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Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving

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202 pages
This manual presents conceptual discussions and case studies of community-oriented policing and problem solving (COPPS), as well as guidelines for implementing this policing strategy.
COPPS addresses the causes of crime, encourages community participation and cooperation with police, and makes better use of existing community resources. COPPS is not just an adjunct to existing police strategies and policies, but rather is a philosophy, a management style, and an organizational strategy that promotes police- community partnerships and problemsolving strategies. Under COPPS, police officers are encouraged to become familiar with community residents and problems, listen to citizen concerns, and involve the community in problemsolving efforts. Six papers detail the characteristics of COPPS, and seven papers address issues in the implementation of COPPS. Implementation issues include strategic planning, organizational change through leadership and training, the transformation of police organizations, and the evaluation of community policing. Three papers focus on problemsolving strategies and systematic inquiry. Case studies of COPPS strategy are in the areas of community involvement, drug control, juvenile gangs, and specific types of offenses. A resource list of State agencies, statewide organizations and associations, Federal agencies, national organizations and associations, noted experts, and local community policing efforts is provided.