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Why Would COPS 2.0 Succeed When COPS 1.0 Failed?

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): David B. Muhlhausen

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Justice (Police and law enforcement)

Keywords: Crime; Community Policing; law enforcement; Police

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Recently, there have been calls for Congress to beef up the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). From fiscal year 1996 to FY 1999, the COPS budget peaked at $1.4 billion annually. Since then, the COPS budget has steadily declined: For FY 2008, it was $320 million.