Community Policing Self-Assessment Tool (CP-SAT)

Community Policing Self-Assessment Tool (CP-SAT): Final Report
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)
Beth Heinen, Rebecca Mulvaney, Daniel Fien-Helfman, Kaitlyn Mihalco, Julie Silverman, & Chelsey Thompson
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The Community Policing Self-Assessment Tool, or CP-SAT, was developed by ICF International to measure the extent of agencies' community policing activities in the areas of community partnerships, problem solving, and organizational transformation. It provides a way to determine the status of community policing implementation at the agency level, at different ranks and functions and across time. The CP-SAT was made available for use by law enforcement agencies that received a COPS Hiring Program grant between 2011 and 2016: It was administered more than 1,500 times to 960 unique agencies, representing more than 150,000 respondents. This report provides an account of the development, administration, and results of the CP-SAT over that time and analyzes CP-SAT results among command staff and line officers and across small, medium, and large agencies. These data offer a much-needed benchmark for researchers: a detailed snapshot of community policing practices in use across the field.