What Works in Police-Community Engagement?

Police officials and community leaders across the country have emphasized the importance of community engagement. They also have stressed that true engagement is more than just conversation: it means giving members of the public a voice in how their communities are policed.

Together, the Policing Project at NYU Law, the Police Foundation, and the National Urban League have partnered to conduct a comprehensive, nationwide study of effective best practices for police-community engagement.

Preliminary Report

After conducting a nationwide survey of law enforcement agencies and community organizations, we are excited to share our report, Beyond the Conversation: Ensuring Meaningful Police-Community Engagement, which highlights the public’s desire for more say in policing matters.

We found that although most police agencies are taking steps to connect with members of the public, much more needs to be done to ensure that communities have input on substantive matters, such as changing agency policies and adopting new technology.

Next Steps

In the summer of 2018, the Policing Project, the Police Foundation, and the National Urban League will conduct site visits to jurisdictions across the country to learn more about promising examples of engagement that involves the community in policing decisions. We plan to identify best practices that are tailored to agencies of different sizes and needs.