Reflections on Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement

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In August 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) convened a meeting of 40 rank-and-file officers as part of a roundtable discussion regarding their roles in implementing their agencies’ community policing policies and operations. The officers came from departments across the country and explored a wide range of issues from the viewpoint of those who work on the ground.

The meeting provided insights and recommendations for ways in which officers, law enforcement leaders and communities can work together to reduce crime – in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime. They also discussed the need to support officer morale, safety and wellness; and explored emerging issues, such as the growing opioid epidemic, providing forthright assessments of the current state of policing.

A copy of the report can be downloaded at