Community Engagement

A visit to Grand Rapids and the launch of our new field project

A visit to Grand Rapids and the launch of our new field project

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.

National Survey Finds Public Wants More Say on Law Enforcement Practices

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.

Tampa Citizens Review Board Community Survey Closes; Survey Results Presented

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.

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 Projects 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.

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.

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.

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 [...]

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 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 [...]  

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