The Las Vegas Metro Police are the first law enforcement agency in the country to partner with the federal government’s Community Oriented Policing Service (COP) office. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to create and improve the Metro Police’s relationship with the Las Vegas community, decrease the number of Metro cases that use force to apprehend or resolve criminal situations, and decrease crime In Las Vegas.
The COP program was created by the U.S. Justice Department as a result of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. As a component of the Justice Department, the mission of the COP office is to advance community policing in jurisdictions of all sizes across the country. COP provides grants to state and local law enforcement agencies to hire and train community policing professionals, acquire and deploy cutting-edge crime-fighting technologies, and develop and test innovative policing strategies.
In Las Vegas, the COPS office will use an extensive collection of research and issue management resources, plus a network of subject matter experts that include law enforcement professionals, crime and justice analysts, federal representatives and community leaders, to gather and analyze Metro Police data on use of force cases and review procedures. The office then does on-site visits and incorporates community feedback into their evaluation of the department’s operations. Finally, the COPS office will also establish best practices for police departments looking to improve their policies and procedures.
While the COPS Office does not have law enforcement authority, it does work thoroughly with the law enforcement field and serves as a clearinghouse of public safety information and training opportunities.
Community Oriented Policing Services has helped nearly 12,950 jurisdictions through 27 different grant programs since 1994. In September 2002 the program had provided funding for over 116 thousand community policing professionals across the country.
In 2011, Las Vegas Metro Police were engaged in 18 officer-involved shootings, 12 of which resulted in a fatality. By the end of January 2012, Metro Police were involved in two officer-involved shooting, including one fatality.
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