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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.

Police departments have asked for public input on department policies and practices, involved the public in strategic planning, and engaged in collaborative problem solving.

Our Study

Although there are many anecdotal examples of community engagement, we still know relatively little about what agencies are doing—and still less about what works.

Together, the Policing Project at NYU Law, the Police Foundation, and the National Urban League have partnered to conduct a comprehensive, nationwide survey of effective best practices for police-community engagement. We are surveying both police departments and community organizations to learn about the many ways that departments engage their communities.

February 2018 Update

After receiving a significant volume of responses from law enforcement agencies and community members, we have closed the survey and are now analyzing the responses. Thank you to everyone who completed a survey. We plan to share initial findings soon.