We are here because trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. As we stand together, in faith, for peace and justice, we are investigating Community Policing as it relates to the abuse of power and the infringement of civil and human liberties. Ensuring fair and effective community policing practices is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and consistent delivery of policing services.
Community Policing is not a program or a set of activities, it is a law enforcement philosophy, a way of thinking about public safety. While there is a lack of standardization regarding specific terminology and strategies of community policing across cities, community policing efforts can generally be grouped into three broad categories: (1) Organizational Transformation, (2) Community Partnership and (3) Problem Solving.
- Establishing a baseline by conducting a thorough investigation and analysis of the leading and best practices for Community Policing
- Comparing the current operating policies and procedures practiced by law enforcement entities within our jurisdiction to the established baseline
- Identifying law enforcement entities that are evaluated and determined to have practices that are “below baseline”
- Directly advocating for process and policy changes within those “below baseline” entities
- Policy changes impacting operating protocols, training, engagement requirements, etc. (Consistent with Best Practice Recommendations)
- Increased Trust and Legitimacy in Law Enforcement
- Reduced Victimization
- Promotion of Officer Wellness and Safety
- Fair and Effective Justice Processes
- Fair, Efficient, and Effective Use of Financial Resources
- Fair, Efficient, and Effective Use of Force