Law Enforcement Best Practices: Lessons Learned from the Field

COPS OfficeNew and seasoned law enforcement executives, as well as the personnel who work for chiefs and sheriffs, have a responsibility to engage in ongoing, collaborative, and sincere efforts to improve the outreach and service to their communities.

This guide, developed in collaboration with experts and practitioners from across the country, provides best and promising practices grounded in academic research and practical experience suitable for agencies of all sizes. Topics include: de-escalation; crisis intervention; first-line supervisors; early intervention systems; internal affairs; recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention; and data systems. In order to address the complex relationship among each of these issues, the guide provides checklists to start a conversation about the actions law enforcement agencies can take to positively affect the quality of life and safety for every member of the community.