What does it take to cultivate a department-wide culture that puts community engagement and collaborative problem-solving at the center? The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office offers a promising example of the role law enforcement can play in re-imagining public safety.
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.
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.
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.