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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

935 N. Street NE., Washington, DC 20530


DIRECTORRobert Chapman, Acting

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) was established to assist law enforcement agencies in enhancing public safety through the implementation of community policing strategies. The Office gives assistance by providing training to enhance law enforcement officers' problem-solving and community interaction skills and helping law enforcement and community members develop initiatives to prevent crime; increasing the number of law enforcement officers directly interacting with communities; and supporting the development of new technologies to shift law enforcement's focus to preventing crime and disorder within communities.

Sources of Information

Career Resources

The "Dispatch" is a monthly electronic newsletter. The article "Ten Recruiting Tips for Finding Good Officers" ran in the SEP 2019 issue.

The "Dispatch" article "Surviving the Job" ran in the DEC 2019 issue.

Contact Information | Email:

Grants and Funding

COPS grants and funding opportunities support State, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts to advance community policing. Current applicant and grantee information—announcements, fiscal year grant programs, current funding opportunities, and resources for grantees—is available online.


The "News" web page provides easy access to photo galleries, press releases, " the podcast series "The Beat," the video series "What's New in Blue, and the Office's news feed.


COPS is a valuable resource for smart approaches to preventing and reducing crime. COPS works with researchers, practitioners, and trailblazers to implement effective strategies in the field.

Training / Technical Assistance

Resources for training and technical assistance are available on the COPS website.

Social Media

COPS has a Facebook account.

COPS tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.