Collaboration Toolkit for Community Organizations: Effective Strategies to Partner with Law Enforcement [open pdf - 2MB]
"Sustainable, safe communities are characterized by community organizations that can work together effectively, have the capacity to develop and sustain strong relationships, solve problems, and can collaborate effectively with their local law enforcement agency. Local law enforcement agencies understand that community-based organizations can be powerful partners. These groups often are composed of individuals who share certain interests and can include, as an example, victims groups, service clubs, support groups, issue groups, advocacy groups, community development corporations, and the faith community. In order to better accomplish the goal of working more effectively with the police, community-based organizations need to understand not only their local police agency's organization and policing philosophy, but also the history of American policing."
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS): http://cops.usdoj.gov/