Implementing Community Policing and Procedural Justice in Jails

August 25, 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Community Oriented Policing (COP) is typically thought of as a paradigm strictly for police departments. However, over 20 years ago, a sergeant from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department (Sgt. David Kurtze) asserted that “jails “should be identified as the missing piece of the community-policing paradigm.” In particular, this sergeant emphasized that “inmate intervention and education programs provide our communities with an opportunity to have a real impact on crime and the causes of crime,” central to COP.   Jails are communities unto themselves, and so because COP involves building trust and mutual respect in communities, it is not surprising that Sheriffs and other Jail Administrators have been employing the philosophy of COP, as well as its key components of partnership, problem solving, and organizational transformation for a long time. 

In this webinar, we will present the findings of a multi-year effort of the National Policing Institute (“Institute”) and National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) to explore how jail personnel and leaders have implemented COP and some exemplary programming that reflects these components. In conducting this study we surveyed NSA’s members about programming and met with jail personnel and leaders to obtain their input into how other jails may implement similar strategies, if they have not already done so. All of this work has culminated in a large toolkit called the Jails Compendium being released by COPS and authored by its key partners at both the Institute and NSA. During the webinar, you will hear from some of the Sheriff’s and designated personnel whose programs are featured in the Compendium.


  • Sheriff Dallas Baldwin, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio
  • Sheriff Christopher Swanson, Genesee County Sheriff's Office, Michigan
  • Melissa Pierson, Chief Operating Officer, Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Programs/CASA, Ohio
  • Karen L. Amendola, PhD, Chief Behavioral Scientist, National Policing Institute
  • Maria Valdovinos, PhD Candidate, National Policing Institute
  • Carrie Hill, Chief Jails Advisor, NSA, and Executive Director, Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association

This project was supported, in whole or in part, by cooperative agreement number 2018‐CK-WX-K017 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to the Police Foundation (now National Policing Institute). The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) or contributor(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Policing Institute, or the National Sheriffs’ Association. References to specific individuals, agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s),  contributor(s), or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues. Any internet references cited in this publication were valid as of the date of publication. Given that URLs and websites are in constant flux, neither the author(s) nor the COPS Office can vouch for their current validity.