COPS Office Publishes SEARCH Tech Guide for Small and Rural Agencies

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On November 4, 2005, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) published Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Small and Rural Police Agencies: A Guide for Executives, Managers, and Technologists on its Website.

This practical and user-friendly guide, prepared by SEARCH under a cooperative agreement from COPS, is geared to the small and rural police agency, providing strategies, best practices, recommendations, and ideas for successful IT planning and implementation. Agencies with minimal personnel and financing can learn how to implement IT projects from preliminary project planning and project plan creation to technology acquisition, implementation, and maintenance.

It was written by William H. Romesburg, SEARCH Law Enforcement Information Technology Specialist.

This guidebook complements the Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!), which SEARCH prepared and COPS published in 2002, noted SEARCH Deputy Executive Director Kelly J. Harris. "When used together, they make an impressive toolset for technology implementation," she added.

In addition, SEARCH is currently preparing three additional law enforcement tech guides, which will also be published by COPS. They focus on issues relating to performance management, communications interoperability and IT security policy development.

For now, the Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Small and Rural Police Agencies is available online only. COPS anticipates that printed copies will be available in early 2006.

Meanwhile, please visit a new area of SEARCH's Web site, devoted to our Public Safety Programs resources and activities, including our Tech Guide series, communications interoperability, and upcoming events.