Office of Community Oriented Policing Services organization chartd

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) was created with the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to assist law enforcement agencies in enhancing public safety through the implementation of community policing strategies. The COPS Office develops innovative programs that respond directly to the emerging needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement, to shift law enforcement’s focus to preventing, rather than reacting to, crime and disorder; develops state-of-the-art training and technical assistance to enhance law enforcement officers’ problem-solving and community interaction skills; promotes collaboration between law enforcement and community members to develop innovative initiatives to prevent crime; and provides responsive, cost-effective service delivery to grantees to ensure success in advancing community policing strategies within their communities.

The primary activity of the COPS Office is the awarding of competitive, discretionary grants directly to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories. The programs and initiatives developed by the COPS Office have provided almost $9 billion in funding to more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies. By funding over 13,000 of the nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies, the COPS Office has helped create a community policing infrastructure across the nation. Approximately 86 percent of the nation’s population is served by law enforcement agencies practicing community policing.

The COPS Office is headed by a Director appointed by the Attorney General, and is organized into nine divisions. The major functions of each division are:

Grant Administration Division (GAD)

Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Division

Administrative Division

General Counsel

External Affairs Division

Communications Division

Program/Policy Support and Evaluation Division (PPSE)

Grant Monitoring Division (GMD)

Audit Division

COPS Response Center

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