VALOR Bulletins

Community Corner

The VALOR Community Corner is geared toward building relationships and trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. Mutual respect is the cornerstone for keeping both citizens and officers safe. Through the Community Corner, learn about how effective communication between law enforcement and community members ensures the safety of your community.

The Community Corner is an easy-access tool to highlight resources to encourage effective communications for law enforcement, community members and leaders, and the families of law enforcement officers.

Community Members and Leaders

All community members serve an important role in preventing crime. Resources provided here were selected to help foster an understanding of the active roles that community members can take to work with law enforcement in keeping their own communities safe.

Community Oriented Policing Services
Director Ronald L. Davis
In school settings, young people can get to know these officers as individuals, and can see them as professionals who are part of the school community and there to help provide safety and security. Likewise, officers who are present and engaged in schools get to know the students in informal and nonadversarial settings. This familiarity can help reduce bias and negative stereotypes on both sides and lead to strong personal relationships.
Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
This report contains the results of a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and promise of this strategic approach to preventing violent extremism. It is based on a nationwide survey of law enforcement agencies and hundreds of hours of interviews and site visits with police departments and community members around the country.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center
The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice (National Initiative) is a multi-faceted approach to rebuilding community trust in the justice system. Designed to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve, the National Initiative focuses on providing communities and law enforcement agencies with assistance in enhancing procedural justice, addressing implicit bias and seeking racial reconciliation.

If you wish to seek technical assistance through the National Initiative, please submit your request to the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center. The OJP Diagnostic Center is a technical assistance resource designed to help state, city, county and tribal policymakers and community leaders use data to make decisions about justice programming. The Diagnostic Center invests in what works by bridging the gap between data and justice policy at the state, local and tribal levels. Diagnostic Center engagements are intended to build community capacity to use data to make short-and long-term evidence-based decisions about justice reform and public safety. (read more...)
The Arc: National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability NCCJD™
People with disabilities make up the single largest minority group in the U.S. and officers who have the skill set to work with this population have a significant advantage over officers who do not. Officers may not realize just how common disability issues impact everyday society or the issues they pose while on the job. The more educated the officer is about disabilities in general, the more likely safe and positive outcomes will occur between law enforcement and people with disabilities. (read more...)
Police Link
Dr. Richard Weinblatt
Not all law enforcement agencies have ride-along programs; those that do view it as a powerful bridge to the community. Those that don’t usually believe the liability issues in having civilians present in dangerous situations are too high. (read more...)
Chicago Police Department
Relations between police and minority communities are a major concern for most urban police departments. Because the subject of race relations doesn’t lend itself to quick fixes, there is the temptation to take the easy way out and avoid dealing with the issue head-on. (read more...)
USA Today
Patricia E. Campie
The Justice Department's civil rights probe of Ferguson, Missouri's police force rivets attention to one more American community whose police officers have lost residents' trust. Whatever the findings, experience and research suggest that five moves made now could help (read more...)
Community Oriented Policing Services
Building and maintaining community trust is the cornerstone of successful policing and law enforcement. The building and maintenance of trust takes a great deal of continuous effort. (read more...)
Community Oriented Policing Services
Rob Chapman and Matthew C. Scheider
"Local law enforcement can play a key and very crucial role in maintaining the defense of our homeland." Chief Charles Ramsey, Washington, DC. (read more...)
ABC News
Kai Jackson
In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City, protests against police force continue. (read more...)
American Civil Liberties Union
Good police practices, thorough training, carefully crafted policies and appropriate allocation of resources in law enforcement can ensure public safety and prevent abuses in encounters between police officers and citizens. (read more...)
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Law enforcement professionals are charged with preserving the peace and protecting life and property. Effective law enforcement requires trust and mutual respect between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. (read more...)
Office of Justice Programs
When the police department in Durham, New Hampshire, wanted to develop a strategic plan there was an acknowledgement that the approach must be different from those of larger police agencies. (read more...)
Malcolm McGuire
Several recent use-of-force incidents and public reaction to those incidents have caused many in the law enforcement community to withdraw from the public eye to a certain extent. In this career field, when we feel the narrative shifting against us through whatever means (media, activists/politicians, etc.) we circle the wagons, it is our natural defense mechanism to keep everyone who isn’t “one of us” out. (read more...)
Law Enforcement and the Media

Law enforcement and the media share a common purpose—public service. Law enforcement and the media can work together successfully to help protect and inform the public. Please review the provided documents to learn more about ways to enhance the relationship between the law enforcement community and the media.

You may not have a dedicated PIO, but every agency should have skilled personnel who have been trained to work with the media. In this video, PoliceOne's Doug Wyllie talks to media expert Rick Rosenthal about ways to improve your department's relationship with the media. (read more...)
Kelly Burkholder-Allen
In many ways, the media are the first to define the events as an official disaster. They inform the public about it and thus heighten awareness. (read more...)
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
Raymond L. Clift
Of the many activities in police departments today few are more important than those which aim to better the press and public relations for the police service. These activities are at the very root of police efficiency. They engender the kind of public co-operation without which the police service could not function. In times past this fundamental truth was not recognized, but everywhere today we see police administrators diligently working to improve relations with the public they serve. (read more...)
Loraine Burger
A panel of four law enforcement officials and social media experts shared events within their communities involving law enforcement that went viral to prove how easy it is for the smallest incident to get out of hand, get misinterpreted, and damage the reputation of an officer or agency. (read more...)
Community Oriented Policing Services
Darrel W. Stephens, Julia Hill, and Sheldon Greenberg
At the heart of community policing and problem solving is the requirement that the police are transparent in all their dealings with the public. Transparency requires effective and timely communications—a task that is often easier said than done. (read more...)
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Gerald W. Garner
It is no secret that many police officers who would not pause before entering a darkened building to pursue an armed offender blanch at the approach of a twentysomething news reporter armed with a pad and pencil. (read more...)
Demand Media
Barbara Bean-Mellinger
Public Information Officers are the messengers for government agencies, municipal departments and large public institutions such as hospitals and universities. Although most visible in times of crisis or a big news event, PIOs work continuously behind the scenes so they're ready to act on a moment's notice. They often work extended hours, including weekends and evenings during busy news times. (read more...)
Families of Law Enforcement

Families behind the badge provide the biggest support to our law enforcement officers.  This page provides resources to support the families of law enforcement.  

Loraine Burger
Your department probably already has protocol for when disaster strikes — your family should be no different. If you’re confident your spouse and children will know what to do, then you can focus on your job. (read more...)
The wife of a recently appointed police officer turned to Quora for advice on what to expect now that her husband has joined the law enforcement world. The forum flooded with credited responses and advice from current and former police officers of varying ranks. Below is a selection of the best pieces of advice given by Quora members. (read more...)
Badge of Hope Ministries is a Christian, non-denominational ministry to reach cops and their families for Christ, and to give them practical tools they can use in their everyday lives and marriages. (read more...)
Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high. (read more...)
Demand Media
Ralph Heibutzki
The effects of being a police officer make themselves felt in four key ways. The demands of fitting into a particular department's culture make it hard for officers to balance work and family commitments. Long hours and irregular schedules lead to greater social isolation, since officers are most commonly around their own peers. Dealing with human misery on a regular basis also leads officers to shut down emotions, which negatively affects the public's view of them. (read more...)
Law Enforcement Family Support Network
LeAnne Renteria, CFLE
LEFSN is committed to providing emotional support, education, quality resources, and connections for law enforcement officers and their family members. We seek to maximize current law enforcement family directed outreach efforts, address gaps, and join regional partners to address the full scope of issues that impact “families behind the badge.” (read more...)
American Military University
Mark Bond
Being married to a law enforcement officer (LEO) has its challenges. Officers tend to work long hours, work rotating shifts, have part-time jobs (moonlight), and be required to attend court on their days off. All these factors contribute to officers’ constantly missing family events and delaying holidays or other celebrations because of their work schedules. (read more...)
School of Police Staff and Command Program
Sergeant Corey Haines
The purpose of this research paper was to investigate how police officer job stress can negatively affect the officer and his/her family. Information regarding police officer stress relating to the officer and his/her family was difficult to locate and not all forms of stress could be identified. (read more...)
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Sam Torres, Ph.D, David L. Maggard Jr, and Christine To
That stress is endemic in police work and a hazard of the job is well known to police chiefs and law enforcement administrators. This aspect of policing has major implications for police chiefs because police officer stress may manifest in ways that can hurt officers, their loved ones, their department, and the public: burnout, lower tolerance levels, poor judgment, substance abuse, health problems, deteriorating relationships with family and friends, low productivity, high turnover, use of excessive force, citizen complaints, and increased rates of workers' compensation claims, to name just a few. (read more...)

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-VI-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.