Community Oriented Policing Services [COPS] Law and Legal Definition

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office is an agency under the U.S. Department of Justice created to advance the practice of community policing in the U.S. state's, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. The COPS Office awards competitive, discretionary grants directly to law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and its territories.

Community policing promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. By funding nation’s major law enforcement agencies, the COPS Office has helped create a community policing infrastructure across the nation.