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Community Policing

2008 

January 25, 2008 The Best Practice on At-Risk Youth and High School Dropout Prevention was released during the 76th Winter Meeting Plenary session on Investing in Children –Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline. 

2007

March 23-25, 2007 Conference President Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer and Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz convened a Mayors Summit on At-Risk Youth with mayors, police chiefs, school superintendents, workforce development professionals, and human services officials who have successfully identified solutions for school-based violence, gang activity and youth crime; and established positive alternatives to promote high school retention, increase graduation rates, and improve job readiness.  

2006

Conducted a Community Policing Workshop moderated by  Miami Mayor Manuel A. Diaz at the 74th Annual Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas in June 2006 entitled TASERs: What Every mayor Needs to Know. The meeting featured Miami Police Chief John Timoney, Taser International President Tom Smith, and National Board Member and Former General Counsel American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio Scott Greenwood.  

2005

Over 100 mayors, police chiefs, and other local and federal law enforcement officials gathered in Los Angeles on March 31, for a Mayors Summit on Gangs, presided over by Conference of Mayors President, Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill and hosted in Los Angeles by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The meeting featured a keynote address by U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, and included remarks from California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, Conference Vice President Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido and Advisory Board Chair Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer. The meeting, the Conference’s second national summit on the topic, was devoted to an examination of the rising problem of gangs and gang violence in our cities. Participants discussed the best ways to target law enforcement and other resources to both proactively prevent the development of gangs in our cities, and to combat the existing problem of gang violence across the country. The 2006 Best Practices on Gang Intervention and Gang Violence Prevention Programs was released at the Summit.

Conducted a Community Policing Workshop presided over by Criminal and Social Justice Committee Chair J. Christina Bollwage at the 73rd Annual Conference of Mayors in Chicago in June 2005 entitled The Fight Against Growing Gang Violence in America.

Convened a National Summit on Gangs on April 27, 2005, where over 100 mayors, police chiefs and other top municipal and law enforcement officials gathered in Washington, D.C. to focus on the problem of growing gang violence in cities.  Led by U.S. Conference of Mayors President, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, and Vice President, Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, the summit was opened by COPS Office Director Carl Peed and featured Senator Dianne Feinstein as the keynote speaker outlining the details of her bi-partisan legislation on gangs, The Gang Prevention and Deterrence Act.  

2004

Held a Community Policing Workshop presided over by Criminal and Social Justice Committee Chair J. Christian Bollwage. at the 72nd Annual Conference of Mayors in Boston in June 2004, entitled Reinforcing Community Trust: The Role of Community Policing and the Mayor in Building Trust in the Police Department and Better Engaging Citizens in Working with the Police 

Incorporated a discussion of community policing issues at  the annual Leadership Meeting, which brings together the top officers of the organization -- President, Vice President, and Advisory Board Chair, all the Trustees and Members of the Advisory Board, and the committee and task force chairs -- as an integral part of the agenda.  The Leadership Meeting in Akron in October, 2004, included a discussion on first responder funding and the crisis of cuts in existing public safety programs, most notably the COPS program.  This discussion was devoted to a continuing examination of the cost of emergency preparedness and community policing’s role in the fight against terrorism.

COPS Director Carl R. Peed gave an update on the COPS program at the 2004 Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington in January 2004. The Mayors' Institute for Community Policing sponsored a community policing workshop at the Annual Meeting in Boston entitled "Reinforcing Community Trust: The Role of Community Policing and the Mayor in Building Trust in the Police Department and Better Engaging Citizens in Working With The Police." NOTE: This document is too large to download. Please contact copsbp@usmayors.org for a hard copy. At that workshop and throughout the annual meeting, the Best Practices publication on that same topic was distributed to mayors.

Conference staff continues to work on the deliverables for the 2004 grant year including two webcasts, another Best Practices publication, and a national meeting on COPS.

As usual in all the grant years, we published COPS articles in our newspaper USMayor, and provided technical assistance to mayors and police chiefs in response to their phone calls.

2003:

At the 2003 Winter Meeting, a special session sponsored by the Mayors' Institute for Community Policing focused on Gang Crime and Domestic Terrorism and included a discussion on law enforcement issues related to terrorism and the need for greater coordination and information sharing by federal law enforcement agencies and their public safety professionals.

In February 2003, Conference Executive Director Tom Cochran launched the start-up of the Conference webcast service, USMayorVision. On May 7, 2003, the Mayors' Institute for Community Policing conducted a live webcast on COPS funding opportunities which received 375 hits from mayors' offices throughout the country.

At the 71st Annual Conference of Mayors in Denver in June, the Mayors' Institute for Community Policing publication on "Best Practices of Community Policing in the Prevention and/or Resolution of Child or Adult Abduction" was distributed at the Community Policing Workshop.

The Mayors' Institute also conducted a one-day summit on "Regional Cooperation, Community Engagement and Interoperability" as it relates to homeland security as part of the Conference of Mayors Leadership Meeting in Miami Beach on October 10, 2003. The Mayors' Institute for Community Policing released a Best Practices of Community Policing entitled "Best Practices of Community Policing in Regional Cooperation and/or Community Engagement for Homeland Security Preparation".

HISTORY

1999:

The Mayors' Institute for Community Policing convened a historic national summit on School Violence and Kids from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. which included 60 members of the Conference leadership, over 15 police chiefs, elected representatives from the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and the National Parent/Teachers Association, students, top health, human services, parks, recreation and arts officials, representatives from the entertainment industry and the news media and other national experts on youth violence.

We developed a national "Report on the Implementation of Community Policing in the Nation's Cities" based on a nationwide survey of mayors and police chiefs to look at the extent to which the principles of community policing have been adopted by our cities' law enforcement agencies.

2000:

The Mayors' Institute held sessions on Community Policing at our regularly scheduled Conference of Mayors Meetings in January and June. We convened a special one-day session on the "Drug Crisis in Cities" on the first day of the Winter Meeting in January 2000 which included Attorney General Janet Reno, and held a workshop on community policing in June highlighting community policing successes in Reno, Seattle and Virginia Beach. COPS Office Director Tom Frazier spoke at that session. We prepared Best Practices publications on promoting gun safety and education and on community policing programs to address the specific needs of the elderly and non-English speaking people. We began preparing a second national summit on community policing to bring mayors and police chiefs together to discuss best practices and proposed the preparation of a brief report outlining the proceedings. We developed a community policing clearinghouse on the Conference of Mayors website that year and continued to document COPS program successes through our newspaper USMayor. As always, we provided technical assistance to mayors and police chiefs on community policing and other issues in response to their phone calls.

2001:

On July 22, 2001, the Mayors' Institute for Community Policing held a meeting on "Preventing Crime and Violence: The Success of Community Policing in America's Cities." Mayors, police chiefs and other top municipal and law enforcement officials from 45 cities gathered in Las Vegas for a roundtable review of the contribution community policing had made to the reduction of crime and violence across the nation. We planned and implemented a series of city site visits in Lincoln, Anaheim and Miami-Dade for more in-depth study of successful community policing programs to determine the common elements of successful implementation and prepared a publication entitled "Safer Neighborhoods Through Community Policing: Three Case Studies," outlining the elements of that success. We developed a publication entitled "The Influence of Community Policing in City Governments" based on a 281 city survey to more closely focus on the implementation of community-oriented policing in the nation's cities and examine the extent to which it had influenced the ways other city agencies and city governments overall were delivering their services. We prepared Best Practices publications on neighborhood based community policing and on collaborative problem solving.

2002:

The Mayors' Institute conducted a one-day session on "Fighting Terrorism -- Community Policing Post 9/11" at the 2002 Winter Leadership Meting in Key West on February 22. The session brought together mayors, police chiefs and other emergency preparedness personnel to discuss successful initiaties and efforts to coordinate disaster prevention. The International Mayors Summit on Terrorism and Travel, also sponsored by the Mayors' Institute for Community Policing, was conducted on April 16-18 in Washington, DC, and April 18-19 in New York, in which mayors from around the world stressed the continued need for security against the global threat of terrorism.

At the 2002 Winter Meeting in Washington, a plenary session focused on "Homeland Security and the Intergovernmental Partnership" and included a discussion on law enforcement issues related to terrorism and the need for greater coordination and information sharing by federal law enforcement agencies with mayors and their public safety professionals. At the 70th Annual Conference of Mayors in Madison, the Mayors' Institute for Community Policing publication on "Best Practices of Community Policing in Disaster Prevention and Response and/or Emergency Preparedness" was distributed at the Homeland Security Forum plenary session, presided over by Conference President and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Over 200 mayors were in attendance.

For information about Community Policing issues, please contact:

Jocelyn Bogen
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
1620 I St., NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 293-7330 (w)
(202) 293-2352 (f)
jbogen@usmayors.org

Resources
  • Legislative Updates

    Publications*

  • At-Risk Youth and High School Dropout Prevention Best Practices Publication (2008)
  • Gang Intervention and Gang Violence Prevention (2006)
  • Reinforcing Community Trust: The Role of Community Policing and the Mayor in Building Trust in the Police Department and Better Engaging Citizens in Working with the Police
  • Regional Cooperation and/or Community Engagement for Homeland Security Preparation
  • Community Policing in Partnership with Faith-Based Organizations
  • Best Practices of Community Policing in the Prevention and/or Resolution of Child or Adult Abduction
  • Safer Neighborhoods through Community Policing -- Vol. I
  • Safer Neighborhoods through Community Policing -- Vol. II
  • The Influence of Community Policing in City Governments (281-City Survey)