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Conversations With Rural Law Enforcement Leaders: Volume 1

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As part of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services’ (COPS Office’s) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) strategy to facilitate discussion and solicit feedback from rural law enforcement executives, this report summarizes the key topics, focus areas, and needs prioritized by rural law enforcement leaders in South Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Iowa, and Montana.
Rural law enforcement agencies face increasing rates of crime and disorder—and often have dwindling resources with which to combat them. To discuss critical issues in rural policing, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and BJA convened five listening sessions with rural law enforcement stakeholders in September 2019 to discuss rural law enforcement's common concerns, challenges, and needs. The results of the sessions are summarized in this resource.
Date Created: March 19, 2020