Homeland Security & Public Safety


Ensuring safe communities in the multi-jurisdictional metropolitan Washington region requires coordination across various law enforcement agencies. Through its police committees, COG helps support innovative law enforcement strategies focusing on crime control, standardized training, and communications interoperability, amongst others. Police officials work with COG to address public safety issues at the regional scale, such as preventing gang activity, combating drunk driving, and ensuring bicycle and pedestrian safety.

COG, in collaboration with area police chiefs and local government attorneys, has helped coordinate regional mutual aid agreements, which allow police resources to be shared across jurisdictional borders to respond to incidents and emergencies. These agreements were the first in the nation to cover an interstate metropolitan area and were patterned after successful arrangements by area fire departments.

COG works with area police agencies to produce an annual Report on Crime and Crime Control, to keep elected officials and residents informed of key regional trends. COG also promotes interagency cooperation and data sharing among area law enforcement partners through technology and innovative tools. For example, COG’s regional pawnshop database gives police departments access to lists of goods in neighboring jurisdictions. It has assisted in recovering millions worth of stolen property in COG member jurisdictions.



News & Multimedia

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  • Metropolitan Police Department

    COG report: Total crime in region declines for fourth consecutive year

    September 13, 2017

    Crimes against persons and property—or total Part I offenses—declined for the fourth consecutive year in metropolitan Washington, according to the Annual Report...

  • MPD at Inauguration

    Inauguration weekend security a regional effort

    March 1, 2017

    As thousands of visitors descended on metropolitan Washington for Inauguration weekend, area homeland security and public safety personnel stood ready to...

  • News

    Crime Down Eight Percent in National Capital Region since 2010

    July 9, 2015

    Since 2010, the number of violent and property crimes has declined 8 percent in the National Capital Region, according to the 2014 Annual Report on Crime &...

  • News

    National Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Communities and Water Supplies

    September 24, 2014

    Regional officials are encouraging area residents to dispose of unused or expired medication on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday,...

  • News

    Crime Rate Continues Downward Trend in Metropolitan Washington

    July 9, 2014

    The crime rate in metropolitan Washington is continuing to decrease according to the 2013 Annual Report on Crime & Crime Control released today at the...

  • Kim_Dine

    Q&A: Kim Dine Police Chief U.S. Capitol Police

    April 24, 2014

    Chief of Police Kim C. Dine has over 37 years of distinguished service in the field of law enforcement—with his most recent appointment occurring in...

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