New Perspectives on Community Policing

Course Providers: Virginia Center for Policing Innovation and Western Community Policing Institute


Course Description:

For over three decades, the principles of community policing have been a driving force in American law enforcement. Yet for all of its past success, community policing may never have been as vital to law enforcement and the well being of our communities as it is today. New Perspectives on Community Policing is a free, web-based training course that examines how change, emerging issues, and threats are necessitating a reinvigorated commitment to the key components of community policing: community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.

The course introduces this new perspective on community policing and offers an overview of the dramatic shifts and challenges that are faced by law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. New Perspectives on Community Policing also offers problem-solving tools, examples of successful police and community partnerships, and numerous community-policing resources.

New Perspectives on Community Policing has been developed as a modular online training that will require an absolute minimum of 4 hours to complete. However its technology-enhanced design allows participants to start, stop, and resume the training based on their schedules and the demands of the day. Flexible, interactive, and relevant, the course offers participants an outstanding opportunity to gain new insights on community policing and its role in today’s complex world. It is ideal for all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

This tuition-free online training was a joint partnership between the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and the Western Community Policing Institute (WCPI), and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2008-CK-WX-K003 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.

The Western Community Policing Institute (WCPI) was founded in 1996 as one of 27 Regional Community Policing Institutes, funded by the USDOJ Office of Community Policing Services (COPS), to provide community-policing training and technical Assistance. Since its inception, WCPI has continued to grow and expand its deliverables and is currently managing several federal, national-in-scope grant award programs. WCPI courses that have been successfully delivered include a wide variety of training and technical assistance on topics including homeland security, DNA, ethics, CPTED, community policing, team building, problem solving, SLATT, leadership, tribal, and other nationally significant training courses. These courses continue to provide national training and technical assistance to all 50 states, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Since WCPI’s inception, WCPI has trained thousands of law enforcement, public safety, homeland security, governmental, private and non-profit, and tribal participants representing hundreds of different agencies.


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