Law Enforcement in Rural America: An Assessment of Technical Assistance Needs | National Police Foundation

Law Enforcement in Rural America: An Assessment of Technical Assistance Needs

Project Purpose/Goal

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, and law enforcement operational efficiencies.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the National Police Foundation is conducting a series of regional convenings with law enforcement leaders to facilitate discussions and solicit input regarding rural agencies’ strengths and challenges, their technical assistance and resource needs, and the most-effective innovations to potentially support effective crime fighting and public safety response. These convenings will also serve as an opportunity for DOJ and relevant stakeholders to provide information regarding existing resources—including federal grant funding opportunities, online resources, and technical assistance programs—to support rural law enforcement.

Technical Assistance and Review Method

The National Police Foundation is using its robust and extensive understanding of public safety operations and law enforcement strategies, technical assistance provision, and access to networks of law enforcement leaders and subject matter experts to coordinate, plan, and execute regional convenings. Based on information gathered during the convenings and other research conducted, the National Police Foundation will develop a final report that will be provided to the COPS Office, Collaborative Reform Initiative-Technical Assistance Center partners, and other relevant stakeholders.

Funding & Collaboration

The National Police Foundation’s Law Enforcement in Rural America project is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).

Points of Contact

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Programs
(202) 833-1460

Blake Norton
Senior Vice President
(202) 833-1460


Technical assistance; rural law enforcement; rural policing