The Washington Information Directory (WID) is one of the most historically successful publications at CQ Press. Although it is a “directory,” it has lived in the Library/Annual Edition portfolio because it has a unique profile - it is topically organized, and within the taxonomic structure the relevant organizations are listed not only with contact information but with a brief paragraph describing what the organization (whether government or non-governmental) does related to that topic. It focuses on Washington - in order to be listed, an organization must have an office in the Washington metropolitan area. These descriptions are not boilerplate advertising material from the organizations; rather, they are hand-crafted by a talented freelance research team. In addition, WID pulls together 55 organization charts for federal agencies, congressional resources related to each chapter topic, hotline and contact information for various specific areas of interest (from Food Safety Resources to internships in Washington), and an extensive list of active congressional caucuses and contact details. WID has two appendices, one with thorough information on congresspersons and committees, and the second with governors and embassies.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement



Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) (State Dept.), Crime Programs, 2401 E St. N.W., #SA-1, L600, 20037; (202) 663-1860. Susan Snyder, Director.


Supports a global network of International Law Enforcement Academies to combat international drug trafficking, criminality, and terrorism.

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) (Justice Dept.), 145 N St. N.E., 20530 (mailing address: for overnight delivery, use zip code 20002); (202) 616-2888. Phil Keith, Director. FOIA, (202) 514-1873. Press, (202) 514-9079. Response Center, (800) 421-6770.

General email,

Web, and Twitter, @COPSOffice

Awards grants to tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to hire and train community policing professionals, acquire and deploy crime-fighting technologies, and develop and test policing strategies. Community policing emphasizes crime prevention through partnerships between law enforcement and citizens.

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