Strengthening Police-Community Relations

The Policing Project is working with the the Tampa Police Department (TPD) to build on its existing community outreach efforts, and strengthen its relationship with the communities it serves.  We have developed a comprehensive set of projects to promote police-community engagement-- both with youth in schools and the community at large-- and to evaluate the effectiveness of the TPD's existing programs.


Tampa Citizens Review Board

The Policing Project is helping Tampa's new Citizens Review Board (CRB) solicit public input into policing policy and develop engagement between TPD and the public.  

We helped the CRB define its forward-looking mission, establish a sub-committee devoted to this approach, and develop a community-wide survey that launched in September 2017.  The survey gauges public opinion of TPD, and gathers perspectives on policy areas the CRB should review.  Subsequently, the Policing Project will assist the CRB in reporting its findings to TPD and the community.  We then will help the CRB take initial steps in engaging with the community and TPD on any issues of public concern regarding policing. 

The Policing Project and the Tampa Citizens Review Board has launched a community survey inviting members of the Tampa Bay community to give feedback on the Tampa Police Department.  Click here to visit the survey page.

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Youth-Police Engagement

We partnered with the TPD to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (DOJ COPS), to pilot a cutting edge youth-police program at Chamberlain High School.  

The goal of the program is to empower youth around policing issues-- to let them experience having their voices heard, and get them to see that if they speak up, change can follow.  The program brings patrol officers and high school youth together to get to know each other, work collaboratively to identify policing challenges, and together propose a viable solution to one of those policing challenges.


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