DOJ Issues Toolkit on Policing, Communities of Color

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The U.S. Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS) today released a new toolkit with resources to help build relationships of trust between law enforcement agencies and communities of color. The material was produced in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

DOJ said that, “Bridging the Trust Gap Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color” discusses “challenges that often plague law enforcement and communities of color, while offering proven strategies for success in overcoming those challenges and developing communities of trust.” Acting COPS Director Russ Washington said the toolkit “provides practical and tangible strategies to help law enforcement officers build and maintain trust with the diverse communities they serve.” The online toolkit is intended to be a resource for officers at all levels and to community members seeking guidance on ways to engage local law enforcement.

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