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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

U.S. Department of Justice
Date Published: 
September, 2009

Created as a result of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, the mission of the COPS Office is to advance community policing in jurisdictions of all sizes across the country. It supports the community policing model where law enforcement professionals on the streets build mutually beneficial relationships with the people they serve. COPS provides grants to tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to hire and train community policing professionals, and develop and test innovative policing strategies.

The School Safety: Guides and Reports section of this Web site includes publications and resources on school resource officer programs, bomb threats, assessing school-related crimes, school safety, and vandalism. The School Safety: Links to Other Resources section features resources such as School COP, free software that helps schools analyze and map incidents that occur in and around schools, and links to school safety information available from other agencies and organizations, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues.