In an op-ed published in The Record, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones and City Manager Kurt Jones reflect on the "listening sessions" his department has held to better understand the distrust many community members feel toward the police, and to start framing a collaborative vision for public safety.
As Jones writes, "In 2015, the SPD began a process of listening in a new way. When large numbers of people were ready to talk, we listened by holding a series of large town-hall-style events all over the city. When some voices were drowned out by the larger, sometimes raucous settings, we looked for another way to listen. As City Manager and Police Chief, we conducted a listening tour, for anyone at all, individually or in small groups, in their living rooms or our offices, and anywhere in between, to listen to our community."
In a separate op-ed, community member and gun violence victim Tashante McCoy-Ham tells her story and offers a perspective from the other side of the police-community reconciliation process.
The National Initiative is currently seeking a permanent Project Director to oversee strategic implementation in six pilot cities around the United States. A more detailed job description and application information can be found by clicking the link above.
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.
Listening in a new way - The Record
A Tale of Six Cities - PA Times
Nearly 8 Decades Later, an Apology for a Lynching in Georgia - The New York Times
Community-police dialogue is a win-win for all - The Florida-Times Union
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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