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Six Pilot Sites Announced for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

 

Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) established the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice (National Initiative) as part of President Obama's launch of the My Brother's Keeper initiative. The National Initiative is "a multi-faceted approach to enhance community trust and help repair and strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve."

 

One of the National Initiative's goals is to establish pilot sites to implement and examine evidence-based strategies to "promote procedural justice in policing, address issues of implicit bias, and create opportunities for racial reconciliation." Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the first six pilot sites as: Birmingham, Alabama; Ft. Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Stockton, California. Additional training and technical assistance will be provided to law enforcement agencies and communities not included in the pilot sites. For more information regarding technical assistance through the National Initiative, use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

 

The National Initiative also created an online clearinghouse that provides a variety of information and resources on building trust between public safety and communities.  Among those resources are tools and guides, publications, research, interventions, best practices, and more.

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President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Issues Interim Report
  
Earlier this month, The President's Task Force on 21 st Century Policing issued its interim report, 90 days after it was charged by President Obama with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on policing practices that "can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust."

 

The Task Force made two overarching recommendations based on seven listening sessions that were conducted with a variety of stakeholders, including government officials; law enforcement officers; academic experts; technical advisors; leaders from established nongovernmental organizations, including grass-roots movements; and members of the public who wished to provide testimony. The two recommendations are as follows:

  1. The President should support and provide funding for the creation of a National Crime and Justice Task Force to review and evaluate all components of the criminal justice system for the purpose of making recommendations to the country on comprehensive criminal justice reform.
     
  2. The President should promote programs that take a comprehensive and inclusive look at community based initiatives that address the core issues of poverty, education, health, and safety.

The 100-plus page report explores six pillars of policing, each with its own specific recommendations and action items. The pillars, which are directly tied to six of the listening sessions, cover these major areas:

  1. Building trust and legitimacy
  2. Policy and oversight
  3. Technology and social media
  4. Community policing and crime reduction
  5. Training and education
  6. Officer wellness and training
Download the complete report or visit The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) website for more information on each listening session and the President's Task Force on 21 st Century Policing.
Professional Development Opportunities

 

Title: What the Task Force (on 21st Century Policing) Report Means for Your Agency

Host: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)  

Dates: March 19, 2015, 3 PM EST

Location: Webcast  

Fee: Free - for members only
Information and Registration

Community Relations Service

 

The Department of Justice, Community Relations Service (CRS) offers support, resources and training for schools, law enforcement, tribal communities, advocacy groups and more. Send an email to CRS to inquire about training or other services they can provide for you.

 

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

 

The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services provides a variety of free online courses available to the law enforcement and intelligence community. Some of the available courses are:

 

Title: Community Policing Defined

Information and Registration 

 

Title: New Perspectives on Community Policing

Information and Registration 

 

Title: Ethics for the Individual Officer

This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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