Policing Project's Public Engagement Process Leads to New LAPD Video Release

Today the Los Angeles Police Commission approved a new policy requiring the LAPD to release video footage of officer-involved shootings and other critical incidents within 45 days, unless there are extenuating circumstances that require delaying release. The change in policy comes in response to a report released by the Policing Project in September of last year, which showed broad public support for making video public in the interest of transparency and community trust.

Chicago Project Picks Up Steam

The Policing Project, with funding from The Joyce Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is working to give the public voice in how it is policed. This week, the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) revealed its plans for an ordinance that would create a Citizens Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. The Policing Project was pleased to lend its expertise to the GAPA group as it worked through what a citizen police commission could look like.

Tampa CRB Survey Closing March 16th

This Friday, March 16th, the online survey conducted by the Tampa Citizens Review Board with the assistance of the Policing Project will come to a close. The Tampa CRB’s survey invited members of the Tampa Bay community to give feedback on the practices and performance of the Tampa Police Department. The survey is designed as an essential first step for the Tampa CRB to begin taking a proactive role in evaluating issues of importance to the Tampa Bay Community. We thank all those involved for helping spread the word.

Show, Don’t Tell: Our Youth-Police Engagement Program at the Camden County Police Academy

Last week, after several months discussing policing issues in the classroom, students and officers in our youth-police engagement program visited the Camden County Police Academy so students could get a taste of life on patrol. (For a full report on the day’s activities, check out Melanie Burney’s piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer.) This exciting opportunity was made possible because of the generous support of the Campbell Soup Foundation, the Harris Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.

Democratic Engagement of Bias-Free Policing in Cleveland

The Policing Project has been working with the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team to ensure that Cleveland residents have a meaningful voice on policies and practices throughout the implementation of the federal consent decree between the Cleveland Division of Police (“CDP”) and the Department of Justice.  The Monitoring Team recently recommended that the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio approve CDP’s new Bias-Free Policing Policy, which provides guidelines around (1) CDP’s expectations for its members around bias-free policing; (2) the principles of procedural justice in police-civilian interactions; and (3) protocols to report bias-based policing.  Cleveland residents had significant input during the Policy’s development.

Policing Project Takes Part in Privacy Localism Conference

Last week, Policing Project Deputy Director Maria Ponomarenko participated on a panel at the Privacy Localism conference, hosted by the Information Law Institute at NYU Law. The panel, “Local Governance of Policing, Surveillance, and Data” highlighted the lack of public input into decisions about police use of surveillance technology, and discussed possible solutions.

2017-2018 Policing Project Camden Youth Program Launched

The 2017-18 session of the Policing Project’s Youth-Police Engagement Program is officially up and running at Woodrow Wilson High School in East Camden, New Jersey! By bringing youth and police officers together in a classroom setting, our program seeks to give youth an active and ongoing voice in how their community is policed, to strengthen youth-police relationships, and to develop a national model for this sort of engagement.

Tampa CRB & Policing Project Launch Community Survey

The Tampa Citizens Review Board (Tampa CRB), with assistance from the Policing Project, has launched an online survey that invites members of the Tampa Bay community to give feedback on the practices and performance of the Tampa Police Department (TPD).

The survey will remain open until December 15, 2017, and all residents of the Tampa Bay area are encourage to participate at: TampaCRBSurvey.org.

A Conversation on Policing’s Past and Future

The Policing Project is thrilled to host a discussion on policing's future! We welcome John Malcolm, VP for the Institute for Constitutional Government at the Heritage Foundation, and Christy Lopez, formerly with the U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division and now a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law.

If you'd like to join the conversation please email us at info@policingproject.org.

Check back often for updates! (We're grateful to the folks at www.replyall.me for the terrific medium we are using.) 

Policing Project Releases Report on LAPD Video Release Policy

Today the Policing Project has released its report summarizing public and officer feedback on the LAPD’s policy for releasing video footage of critical incidents—which includes any incident in which an officer fires a gun or an individual dies in police custody. The report is based on [...]

Establishing Best Practices for Stop Data Collection

Few controversies in policing are as fraught as the use of Terry stops—temporary detentions made by officers upon reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, often accompanied by protective pat-down searches known as “frisks.” Studies have shown that racial minorities are disproportionately targeted for Terry stops, raising concerns about [...]

Guest Post: The Community and the Police Share Responsibility for Policing

In late 2015, Jim Bueermann and I were discussing a concept that he called community-led policing. Jim, retired chief of the Redlands, CA Police Department and current president of the Police Foundation, is always two steps ahead of everyone else when it comes to [...]

Policing Project Leadership Speaks Out On NYPD BodyCam Project

After the NYPD released its new body camera policy, fashioned with public input gathered by the Policing Project, a number of individuals and groups spoke out.  They were pleased with the process but concerned that the NYPD did not follow public opinion more [...]

Policing Project’s Public Engagement Process Results in New NYPD Body Camera Policy

The NYPD has released its new body camera policy, responding to public comments solicited through a process run by the Policing Project.  The policy will apply to a 1,000-camera pilot project scheduled to begin later this spring.  During the summer of 2016, the Policing Project reached [...]

Policing Project Launches Youth Engagement Pilot Programs

The Policing Project is conducting pilot projects in Tampa, Florida and Camden, New Jersey to foster police-youth relations. Based on the report of the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the programs focus on bringing youth and police together to work collaboratively to solve an issue [...]

LA Times Endorses Policing Project and LA Police Commission Body Cam Project

In a strong editorial the LA Times praised the LA Police Commission – with whom the Policing Project is partnering – for seeking public input on the difficult question of whether and when to release body camera video after an officer involved shooting. On the [...]

Policing Project Testifies Before Civil Rights Panel

On Tuesday, March 21, Policing Project Deputy Director Maria Ponomarenko testified before the New York Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  She discussed the need for “front-end” democratic accountability around policing, and discussed the Policing Project’s efforts in this regard.  She also emphasized the [...]  

Policing Project Holds Conference on Cost-Benefit Analysis of Policing Practices

Which policies should police departments adopt?  On February 9 and 10, the Policing Project and the Police Foundation convened over twenty experts on policing practices and quantitative methods to explore one possible answer to this question: those policies whose benefits outweigh their costs.  [...]

Measuring the Intangible Impacts of Policing

Police departments around the country are increasingly using “bait” objects equipped with tracking devices to stop theft before it happens. The idea is simple: officers place a GPS tracker in an unattended car, laptop, or other object and wait for theft to occur. Once they are notified [...]

Policing Project to Assist LA: When to Release Body Camera Footage

The Los Angeles Police Commission has asked the Policing Project to run a community-wide engagement over one of the more complicated questions about body cameras: when to release footage after an officer-involved shooting.

Prompted in part by officer-involved shootings and other uses of force that captured [...]