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Considerations for Specialized Units

Publication Date

January 2024


Dr. Colby Dolly, Dr. Jennifer Calnon Cherkauskas, Eiryn Renouard, Ellie Hansen


This guide, created by the National Policing Institute (NPI) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), is intended to give practical and actionable considerations for large and small law enforcement agencies and communities to help determine whether to form a specialized unit, and if so, how to ensure appropriate management, oversight, and accountability.

Research Design


Research Methods

Interviews, Literature review, Focus groups

Recommended Citation

National Policing Institute. 2024. Considerations for Specialized Units: A Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Ensure Appropriateness, Effectiveness, and Accountability. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. https://www.policinginstitute.org/publication/considerations-for-specialized-units