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Guide: Building Stronger, Safer Communities

Building Stronger Safer Communities CoverBuilding Stronger, Safer Communities: A Guide for Law Enforcement and Community Partners to Prevent and Respond to Hate Crimes offers leadership strategies and actionable tactics to help law enforcement agencies work with community partners.

Real-life examples, documented by the Not In Our Town movement against hate and intolerance, illustrate how agencies can work with community stakeholders to create an atmosphere where hate is not tolerated and take positive steps in the aftermath of a hate crime. This guide also explains the history of the Not In Our Town movement and provides multiples lists of resources to promote action, engagement, and empowerment for the community and law enforcement.

You can get the guide in two ways:

  1. Download the digital guide here as a PDF; or
  2. Request a free hard copy from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office (free shipping included). Multiple copies can be requested for trainings, community task forces, and other events.

Building Stronger, Safer Communities: Contents

  • Not In Our Town: A community response to hate
  • Critical law enforcement leadership in Billings, Montana
  • Communities coming together
  • Incorporating community policing into the NIOT movement
  • Tragedy reveals pattern of anti-immigrant violence
  • The hate crimes reporting gap
  • What the community and law enforcement can do
  • Working together for safe, inclusive communities
  • Resources from Not In Our Town
  • Resources from the COPS Office
  • Additional resources
  • About the COPS Office

This article is excerpted from the publication, Building Stronger, Safer Communities produced in conjunction with the COPS Office. The entire publication is available here.