Community Relations Service [CRS] Law and Legal Definition

The Community Relations Service (CRS) is an institution working under the U.S. Department of Justice was created by the 1964 Civil Rights Act to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict and violence. The mission of CRS is to provide violence prevention and conflict resolution services for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, or national origin. It is the only federal service created to help state and local government agencies, public and private organizations, and community groups to resolve and prevent community racial conflicts through the use of mediation, conciliation, and other conflict resolution methods.