In an effort to increase the public's trust in the Stockton Police Department, Chief Eric Jones has in recent months led about 25 listening sessions with a diverse array of community members. Jones has specifically targeted minority communities that have historically had tense relations with the police, including African Americans, Latinos, and Filipino Americans, among others.
Jones sees his listening tour as a crucial aspect of the reconciliation process: "It’s way too early to say whether we are making inroads with the community in terms of trust, but I am hearing at least our Police Department is willing to sit at the table — and that goes a very long way."
National Initiative Research Associate Sonia Tsuruoka recently published highlights from each of our partner cities. Get updated on how the work is going here.
With a focus on our partners in Gary, IN, the Wall Street Journal profiles the important and promising work of the National Initiative.
The Office of Police Conduct Review in Minneapolis, MN recently unveiled a new data portal that provides unparalleled access to police complaint data. Community members can now access this data and avoid waiting for quarterly reports or having to make specific requests. The portal includes interactive maps, demographic information, and disciplinary outcomes. This product undoubtedly makes Minneapolis one of the most transparent cities in America with respect to sharing information on police behavior.
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Implicit bias describes the automatic association people make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups.
Procedural justice focuses on the way police and other legal authorities interact with the public, and how the characteristics of those interactions shape the public’s views of the police, their willingness to obey the law, and actual crime rates.
Reconciliation is a method of facilitating frank engagements between minority communities, police and other authorities that allow them to address historical tensions, grievances, and misconceptions, and reset relationships.
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