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Criminal Justice: Community Policing

Why is Community Policing Important?

 "Your badge should have a heart, not an ego."

                                                                            -Officer Tommy Norman

Understanding Community Policing

A PDF from the Office of Justice Programs

Cultural Awareness Resources

Community Policing in Multicultural Communities

An article about cultural competency in community policing.

Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies 

 A multi-media collection containing over 2.7 million articles from 150 journals on cultural differences, contributions, and influences in Gender & Women Studies, Black History, African American History, Sociology, Western Civilization, Politics, and Anthropology. Wor-Wic Username and password to login is required to access.

Law Enforcement in a Culturally Diverse Society

Examination of police training in a culturally diverse society describes the basic nature of culture and then addresses the assumptions held by many Americans regarding cultural diversity, followed by recommendations on how police can overcome barriers to cross-cultural communication.

Women in Policing: Breaking Barriers and Blazing a Path

A starting point for implementing this research agenda and moving toward equality and equity for all women working in policing.

Disability Awareness Resources

Be Safe The Movie Program

Specialized Autism safety police trainings to promote safety and reduce risk. They help the police and individuals with disabilities understand one another and interact safely.

National Down Syndrome Society

Information about resources for law enforcement training and disabilities.

Pathfinders for Autism Safety Program

The program addresses how to identify disabilities and their characteristics and make modifications and accommodations. 

Mental Health Training Resources

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes when law enforcement encounter individuals in a mental health crisis

CIT Best Practice Guide

The first comprehensive guide for communities to best practices for starting and sustaining CIT programs. 

Learning about Police Mental Health Collaboration

A PMHC is a law enforcement-based program that enables officers to respond appropriately and safely to people with mental illnesses.

Organizations for Community Policing


Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a prevention education program designed to equip elementary, middle and high school children with accurate information and the basic skills necessary to help them make healthy choices regarding the use of drugs, violence, and other dangerous situations

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The mission of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable.

The Maryland Community Policing Institute

Provides "Crime Prevention for the 21st Century", a series of free crime prevention training presentations for community, business and law enforcement.