NPF and COPS Office Meet with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders in Oklahoma to Discuss Technical Assistance Needs 

WASHINGTON — With fewer resources than larger agencies, large geographical areas of responsibility, and different types of crime and disorder challenges in less densely populated regions, smaller rural agencies can be left out of the conversation regarding contemporary policing needs and challenges, including the impact and availability of new technology, strategic approaches to policing, resources and law enforcement operational efficiencies.

The National Police Foundation is providing technical support to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), along with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and United States Attorneys’ Offices in hosting a series of regional convenings with rural law enforcement leaders across the United States. The Conversations with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders convenings are intended to facilitate discussion and solicit input regarding rural agencies’ strengths and challenges, their technical assistance and resource needs, and the most effective innovations in effective crime fighting and public safety response. The convenings also serve as an opportunity for DOJ and relevant stakeholders to provide information regarding existing federal resources — including federal grant funding opportunities, online resources, and technical assistance programs — to support rural law enforcement.

To date, the USDOJ and NPF have held convenings in South Dakota and Oklahoma. Upcoming convenings are planned for Utah, Iowa and Montana.

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