Our Mission

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Public safety is the first job of government. It is essential to economic advancement and community well being. Policing agencies cannot do their work without community support. Yet, as many have noted in recent years, there is a lack of trust and legitimacy around policing in some communities—often in challenged communities that need effective policing the most.

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening policing by bringing the ordinary processes of democratic accountability to bear. In particular, we work to ensure that the community’s voice, and sound decisionmaking techniques, are part of policing.