Strategic Planning

Guidelines for Starting and Operating a New Police Department

Institute for Law and Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) (2006). A useful and timely guide for governments and communities that want to develop new police agencies (or merge existing agencies). This guide was based on surveys of several hundred communities that received "police start-up" grants from the COPS Office, interviews with over 50 law enforcement officials who had recently started new police agencies, and a focus group with experts who had participated in developing start-up police agencies. The guide includes useful strategies, policies, and tips.

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