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Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space (Arias, Enrique D. for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2011). This handbook is for law enforcement personnel, municipal planners, policy-makers and advocates engaged in security issues within urban spaces. The guide provides a background on concepts of democratic policing, and guidelines on good practices based on the context in low and middle-income countries, with illustrative examples from sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and North America. Although not focused on violence against women, the engagement of women and women’s security is featured throughout. Available in English

Trafficking in Human Beings: Identification of Potential and Presumed Victims A Community Policing Approach (OSCE, 2011). This guidebook for law enforcement personnel aims to: provide clear guidance on identification of potential and presumed victims of trafficking; serve as a basis for multiagency cooperation among police, non-governmental organizations and other institutions in identifying potential survivors based on agreed indicators; provide police management with guidance on how community policing tools can be used to help identify both victims and people at-risk of trafficking (in order to both prevent the crime and refer survivors to appropriate services); provide front-line police officers with practical information on how to use community policing tools; and serve as a resource for developing training manuals for various national contexts. Available in English.

Problem-Oriented Guides for Police: Problem-Specific Guides Series Guide No. 45: Domestic Violence (Rana Sampson for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, 2007). This guide is written for police to improve their responses to domestic violence and measure their effectiveness. The guide provides an overview of domestic violence, its impact, associated factors and myths; offers guidance for analyzing the local domestic violence; and reviews 14 different types of police responses to domestic violence and measuring effectiveness. Available in English.

Sexual Assault of Women by Strangers (Kelly Dedel for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, 2011). This guide is written for police to improve their responses to sexual violence. The guide lists a series of questions to help police analyze the local sexual assault problem and reviews responses to the problem and what is known about them from evaluative research and police practice. Available in English.

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (U.S. Department of Justice). This website provides various resources to law enforcement personnel, leaders and practitioners working with them. The site includes background information on community policing, manuals, case studies and other tools for implementing community policing initiatives, based on the experience of law enforcement personnel in the United States, with various publications dedicated to violence against women. Available in English

Community Policing Tools (International Association of Chiefs of Police). A central mission of COPS is making the best and most practical information available to the law enforcement community. That community includes not only sheriffs and police officers, but also government leaders, first responders, scholars, students, and citizens who want to learn about the best ways to create safer communities. Community Policing Topics offers useful knowledge on critical subjects, such as working with new immigrants and the role of law enforcement in fighting terrorism. It also links you to other web sites, both governmental and private, with articles, courses and online resources in practical community policing. Available in English.

Community Policing to Reduce and Prevent Violence Against Women: Training Curriculum and Resource Guide (Police Executive Research Forum). This curriculum and resource guide, based on the context in the United States, is for advocates, police, social-service providers, and other violence against women professionals and practitioners. It comprises 8 sections that cover an introduction to the training; myths and stereotypes related to violence against women, including domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault; building a community vision; leadership; partnership; problem-solving; designing responses and action planning; and related resources. Each section includes exercises with detailed facilitation notes and templates for planning and response actions. Available in English.

Bridging Domestic Violence Intervention and Community Policing: Partnership and Problem-Solving Tools (Sadusky, 2004). This resource for community advocates and law enforcement personnel and managers, presents illustrative case studies of pilot interventions between domestic violence advocates and law enforcement personnel in four communities across the United States. The  tool presents the different approaches and tools developed  through the partnership and can be used to inform the design of similar partnerships in various settings. Available in English.

Community Police Forum Toolkit (Department of Community Safety, South African Police Service, Western Cape Community Police Board, 2003). This toolkit explains community policing and Community Police Forums, and provides guidance in setting up and running a Community Police Forum. Available in English

Bringing Victims into Community Policing (The National Center for Victims of Crime and the Police Foundation, 2002). This guide provides an overview of steps that police can take as first responders to incidents of domestic violence to engage and support survivors appropriately. The guide comprises three sections that address domestic violence, burglary and automobile theft and includes sample case studies and incident forms for each, based on the context in the United States. Available in English; 105 pages.

Safety and Accountability Audits (Praxis International).This online resource features various checklists and problem-solving tools for interdisciplinary groups and domestic violence advocacy organizations to further their common goals of enhancing safety and ensuring accountability when intervening in cases involving intimate partner violence. The audit tools, based on the context in the United States, can help multisectoral teams to identify problems within the structure of case processing and management, including in police responses to incidents of violence. Available in English.