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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed New Collection; Comments Requested: Enhancing Community Policing Through Community Mediation Surveys

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ACTION:

60-Day notice.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The revision of a previously approved information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.

The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days for public comment until March 8, 2013. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

If you have comments, especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Danielle Ouellette, Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 145 N Street NE., Washington, DC 20530.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

—Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

—Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

—Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

—Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of This Information Collection

(1) Type of Information Collection: Proposed new collection; comments requested.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Enhancing Community Policing Through Community Mediation Surveys.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department sponsoring the collection: None. U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.Start Printed Page 962

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Affected public who will be asked to respond are both law enforcement agencies and their civilian communities to gage both groups' satisfaction with a police-mediation referral program. The purpose of this project is to assess the effectiveness of mediation on police operations (cost, benefits, impact), the level of police and citizen satisfaction with mediation as a traditional police response alternative, and its role in advancing community policing. These surveys will be used to assess the level of police and citizen satisfaction with mediation as a traditional police response alternative.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: It is estimated that 180 respondents annually will complete the form within .83 hours (50 minutes).

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: There are an estimated 150 total annual burden hours associated with this collection.

If additional information is required contact: Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Room 1407B, Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: January 2, 2013.

Jerri Murray,

Department Clearance Officer for PRA, Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. 2013-00041 Filed 1-4-13; 8:45 am]

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