Law enforcement officers are our country’s front line in the fight against crime. They perform a difficult and dangerous job with skill and dedication.
But the nation’s law enforcement officers constantly face extraordinary new challenges with limited resources.
One such challenge is strengthening the relationships between police departments and the communities that they serve. The events in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 sparked a wave of protests across the country that have kept policing practices at the forefront of the national consciousness.
Effective law enforcement requires trust and mutual respect between law enforcement agencies and their communities. Most law enforcement leaders recognize that creating stronger human connections and community engagement will lead to improved public safety and more effective crime fighting. While building strong police-community relations requires a sustained effort over time, maintaining these relationships is exceedingly difficult during and in the aftermath of a high-profile incident or civil unrest.
With support from the Office of Justice Programs, the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is designed to improve relationships and increase trust between communities and the criminal justice system. It also aims to advance the public and scholarly understandings of the issues contributing to those relationships.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor the federal, state, municipal, and tribal officers who die or are disabled in the line of duty. He also designated the week in which Peace Officers Memorial Day falls as National Police Week, a tradition that continues today.
In recognition of the crucial services provided by law enforcement personnel and to celebrate their brave efforts, NCJRS presents this compilation of publications and resources for law enforcement officers, agencies, and loved ones. Select a topic from the section at the right under the heading “Law Enforcement Resources” to learn more.