Law Enforcement Publications Library

Justice Center Publications

The Variability in Law Enforcement State Standards

The Variability in Law Enforcement State Standards

The CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), recently released the results of a national survey on state law enforcement training standards for responding to people with mental illnesses.

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.

Officers in Schools: A Snapshot of Legislative Action

This brief from the CSG Justice Center highlights states that authorize sworn police officers in schools, whether municipal or county school resource officers, or school police officers from school districts’ own police agencies.

Survey of Major Cities Chiefs Association Members

Survey of Major Cities Chiefs Association Members

The Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) and the Council of State Governments Justice Center surveyed MCC members in August 2013 to better understand school-based officers’ responsibilities, practices, concerns, and barriers to successful program implementation, as part of the School Discipline Consensus Project.

Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

The CSG Justice Center’s Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions

The publication explores the program design process, including detailed examples from several communities from across the country. It is meant to assist initiative leaders and agents of change who want to select or adapt program features from models that will be most effective in their communities. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

External Publications

Cross-Deputization in Indian Country

Cross-Deputization in Indian Country

This report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services examines the jurisdictional and legal limits of cross-deputization and how it has been implemented in various law enforcement agencies in Indian country.

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

This report from the Vera Institute of Justice examines New York State’s overdose education and naloxone distribution program and what lessons it can offer related to corrections-based responses to the opioid epidemic.

The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness

The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness

This report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Officer Safety and Wellness describes a variety of suicide prevention and awareness training programs for law enforcement officers, including peer counseling, mentoring, employee assistance, and the use of staff psychologists.

The State of Justice Reform 2017

The State of Justice Reform 2017

This interactive report from the Vera Institute of Justice identifies the major trends and developments in justice systems over the past year, examining what reforms are and are not working across the country.

Investing Justice Resources to Address Community Needs

Investing Justice Resources to Address Community Needs

This report from the Urban Institute highlights Colorado’s Work and Gain Education and Employment Skills program, which is one of the first partnerships between a state department of corrections and local community organizations to support community-driven public safety investment.

FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January–June, 2017

FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January–June, 2017

This report from the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division presents data on crimes with tables that indicate the percent change in offenses known to law enforcement for the first 6 months of 2017 compared with those for the first half of 2016 by population group and region.

Police Officer Toolkit: PTSD and Military Veterans

Police Officer Toolkit: PTSD and Military Veterans

This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD was created to assist police officers, or those who train police officers, to more effectively interact with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Model Programs Guide

Model Programs Guide

This online resource from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs.