Selected publications and research from the US Department of Justice Community Oriented Police Services Office (COPS). To see a comprehensive list of publications, please visit the COPS website. This page will be updated as new publications become available. Please suggest other publications to post online at email@example.com.
Combat Deployment and the Returning Police Officer
Abstract: This report examines issues concerning police officers’ transition back to work after combat zone deployment. Topics include the psychological effects of combat deployment, methods that may lessen the severity of combat stress experienced, and strategies used by police agencies to help officers returning back to work, their families, and communities. The report highlights the responses of four police agencies that have taken measures to assist returning officers, and offers recommendations for further study.
Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention Resources for Law Enforcement CD-ROM
Abstract: Nationwide, it has been increasingly difficult to find and retain talented police officers. This CD is designed to assist chiefs and sheriffs, as well as other executives, in finding, training, and retaining qualified staff.
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Police Officer Training (PTO) Program:
A Problem-Based Learning Manual for Training and
Evaluating Police Trainees
PTO is an alternative model for field training that incorporates community policing and problem-solving principles using adult education methods adapted for police to ensure that academy graduates’ first exposure to the real world reflects policing in the 21st century.
Police Training Officer (PTO) Overview and Introduction
This document provides an introduction to the Police Training Officer (PTO) program, and summarizes the valuable experiences and lessons learned from the six agencies selected to participate in the PTO pilot project.
Police Training Officer (PTO) Manual
The manual guides agencies implementing the Police Training Officer (PTO) Program and the PTO Officers who train academy graduates. This manual is part of a 4-part series that includes, PTO Overview and Introduction, PTO Manual, PTO Trainee Manual, and PTO Training Standard.
Police Training Officer (PTO) Training Standard
The Poliec Training Officer (PTO) Training Standard guide is intended for use in training PTOs. This manual is part of a 4-part series that includes, PTO Overview and Introduction, PTO Manual, PTO Trainee Manual, and PTO Training Standard.
Police Training Officer (PTO) Trainee Manual
This manual is used by the academy graduate (recruit) undergoing Police Training Officer (PTO) training. This manual is part of a 4-part series that includes, PTO Overview and Introduction, PTO Manual, PTO Trainee Manual, and PTO Training Standard.
Police Labor-Management Relations (Volume I)
Abstract: The COPS Office has produced two volumes on police labor and management relations to provide guidance on this complex subject. Volume I was written by leading law enforcement managers and labor leaders. It offers police managers and union leaders a variety of perspectives and practical solutions for implementing change and reforms.
Police Labor-Management Relations (Volume II)
Abstract: The COPS Office has produced two volumes on police labor and management relations to provide guidance on this complex subject. Volume II is a companion guidebook to Volume I and provides a framework for using methods and tools that will enable management and labor to work together more effectively.