Community Policing Defined

Course Provider: Virginia Center for Policing Innovation


Course Description:

Community Policing Defined is an interactive online course designed to provide participants with a basic awareness and understanding of the fundamental principles and best practices of community policing.  Based on the Department of Justice, COPS Office publication of the same name, Community Policing Defined not only describes the practice of community policing but also examines how it can be effectively applied.

Comprised of four modules, the course explores partnerships, problem solving and organizational transformation as they relate to specific issues and challenges facing today’s law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve.  As such it is a valuable and appropriate training opportunity for a wide variety of law enforcement and public-safety professionals, ranging from new hires to experienced personnel, as well as community leaders, business owners and other community stakeholders.

Utilizing a blended learning approach, Community Policing Defined prompts users to actively navigate through the course’s comprehensive content which includes on-screen text, graphics and narration. This design feature allows adult learners the flexibility to determine their own pace and sequence for completing the course.  Although Community Policing Defined requires a minimum of 4 hours of uninterrupted run-time, participants should expect to spend between 8 and 12 hours to complete the course.

This tuition-free online training was developed by the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2009-RM-WX-K001 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).


Primary Audience: 

This course is ideal for law enforcement personnel of all ranks and positions, criminal justice professionals, and community-policing stakeholders.


About Course Provider:

The Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) is a non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia which provides training and assistance to law enforcement organizations throughout the United States. Since its inception in 1997, VCPI has trained more than 50,000 public safety officers and others nationwide in dozens of topics including violent crime reduction, drug interdiction, youth gun violence, gangs, community policing, problem solving, leadership, human trafficking, interview and interrogation, forensics investigations, ethical decision making, organizational change, and many others. In addition to providing training, VCPI is a valuable resource for consulting, technical assistance, curriculum development, and project management and coordination to local, state and federal agencies as well as private organizations.


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