With consent searches, New Yorkers seem to think not. The recently enacted Right to Know Act is aimed at ensuring more than the minimum from policing, but much about its effectiveness remains to be seen.
What do we mean when we talk about “police-community engagement?” The Policing Project and our partners are launching a new project to explore this question with the help of communities throughout the country.
This month saw exciting developments in the Policing Project’s work with the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team on the implementation of the federal consent decree between the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) and the Department of Justice.
In recent weeks, our founder Barry Friedman penned an op-ed for The New York Times following the Carpenter vs. United States decision and spoke with reporters on policing technologies including drones, license plate readers and facial recognition software.
Today New York University Law School’s Policing Project, the Police Foundation, and the National Urban League released a new study, Beyond the Conversation: Ensuring Meaningful Police-Community Engagement, which highlights the public’s desire for more say in policing matters.
Yesterday, at the Tampa Citizens Review Board monthly meeting, the Policing Project released its report summarizing the results of the community survey on the practices and performance of the Tampa Police Department. The survey is part of an ongoing effort to improve understanding of the community’s priorities and concerns around policing.
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.
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 spreadtheword.
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.