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BEAUFORT, S.C. — Community oriented policing seminars will be offered here March 30-April 3 for community groups and local government and law enforcement leaders.

 Officials said participants might include representatives from public transit, housing, neighborhood associations, or others interested in community oriented policing.

The seminars are funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing.

 Topics include: introduction to community policing, understanding crime analysis for community policing, managing patrol time, and conducting effective community meetings.

 The sessions have been developed by Southeastern Community Oriented Policing Education (SCOPE), a training institute.

 The institute is a project of the City of Knoxville (Tenn.) Police Department and its Metropolitan Drug Commission, and the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.,p> The series also is scheduled at sites in Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.

 All local sessions will be held in the Best Western Sea Island Inn, 1015 Bay St.

The schedule:

 March 30 — Executive briefing to provide an exchange of views on issues, decisions, risks and benefits related to community policing. The session is tailored for community groups and executive level law enforcement and local government officials. A session is planned 9 a.m. to noon and another, 1-4 p.m.

 March 31 — Implementing agency-wide community oriented policing is an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. session for identifying roles and responsibilities of governmental and related community agencies. The session is tailored for law enforcement, local government agencies and managers, supervisors, planners and directors.

 April 1 — Practical problem solving is an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. session to explore ways of identifying and solving community policing problems. The session is geared to community leaders, government officials and law enforcement personnel.

 April 2-3 — This is a two-day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. session to introduce participants to the steps needed for planning and implementing a crime analysis unit. The session is tailored for sworn or civilian personnel assigned to crime analysis.

Seminar fees are pre-paid by the Department of Justice. Participants who require other financial assistance to attend may call SCOPE offices toll-free at 1-888-847-2673 for more information.

 Contact: Tim Carpenter (423-974-8770)