Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Law & Legal Definition


Office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. The COPS office provides funding, training, and technical assistance related to community policing efforts.

The COPS was established in 1994 pursuant to theprovisions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.

The COPS provides community policing strategies to law enforcement agencies. Three new program of the COPS are:

Accelerated Hiring, Education, And Deployment (AHEAD).

Funding Accelerated for Smaller Towns (FAST).

Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE).