National Survey of Community Policing Training in Small and Rural Jurisdictions

This project, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), was designed to determine community policing training practices and needs in small and rural jurisdictions nationwide. Questionnaires were sent to approximately 2,000 police chiefs and sheriffs who serve jurisdictions with fewer than 50,000 residents and whose agencies have received COPS grants to help implement community policing. The questionnaires cover training audiences (recruits and patrol officers), training delivery systems, curricula, and training needs. The results will be presented in a final report in 1997 and are aimed at helping the COPS Office and others provide responsive community policing training services to small jurisdictions.