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Community Policing Dispatch Volume 2, Issue 2, February 2009

NCJ Number
Deborah Spence
Date Published
February 2009
6 pages
This issue presents an overview of the Office of Community-Oriented Policing (COPS) 2007 Technology Program Advanced Training Workshop; a discussion of crime analysis and community engagement by foot-patrol officers; the adaptation of community-policing principles by community courts; a preview of a forthcoming COPS book; ways to reduce biased policing through training; and an announcement of a future Webcast on promising practices for overcoming language barriers in policing.
The opening article describes the components of an Advanced Training Workshop for grantees under the COPS 2007 Technology Program. Now in the second year of grants, the workshop was designed to educate grantees in the implementation of advanced phases of their data information sharing and voice interoperability technology projects, the closing phases of project and grant management, and the long-term maintenance of their projects. The article on foot patrols in the community policing context advises that foot patrols should be developed as part of a proactive, integrated, problem-solving strategy and not as a reactive response to an incident. Steps are outlined for developing and deploying effective foot patrols in achieving community-policing objectives. This is followed by an article that describes how community courts have adopted community policing implementation methods by systematically assessing identified problems, engaging diverse stakeholders, and evaluating outcomes as it addresses local public safety issues by bringing new resources from both inside and outside the justice system. The forthcoming COPS book previewed in this issue is entitled, “Building Our Way Out of Crime: The Promise of Police-Developer Partnerships.” This is followed by an announcement of COPS funding for the development of two model curricula for helping law enforcement agencies to promote fair and impartial policing. Another announcement features the forthcoming launch of a live Webcast on “Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices for Law Enforcement.”