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.
With a focus on our partners in Gary, IN, the Wall Street Journal profiles the important and promising work of the National Initiative.
The BBC recently travelled to Birmingham with National Initiative staff to report on the groundbreaking work the city is doing. These reports cover town meetings and law enforcement statements as the National Initiative works with Birmingham to roll out trainings and and a reconciliation agenda.
Part one begins at the 45 minute mark of this clip.
Part two begins at 16:15 in this clip.
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.
Recently, the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police "issued a formal apology to the nation’s minority population “for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.”
Recently, Phillip Atiba Goff, President of the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), presented a webinar discussing implicit bias—and its impact on the school-to-prison pipeline—in collaboration with the Schott Foundation.
From the latest insights on school discipline to restorative justice practices, Goff explores the impact of policing on the education debate, addressing a number of questions that have mobilized youth, parents, teachers, and communities across the country.
Working together to ensure public safety in 21st-century Minneapolis - Minneapolis Post
Liberation Through Language: Philip Goff’s First Lecture at John Jay College - John Jay College
Stockton Police Department Making Progress on Community Policing - Stockton Record
Finding Hope in the Flint Police Department - New York Times
Implicit bias training will continue for Columbia Police - The Missourian
Continue McLay’s good work - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
For more information about technical assistance through the National Initiative, please submit requests to the Office of Justice (OJP) Programs Diagnostic Center. The OJP Diagnostic Center is a technical assistance resource designed to help state, city, county and tribal policymakers and community leaders use data to make decisions about criminal justice programming. The Diagnostic Center invests in what works by bridging the gap between data and criminal justice policy at the state, local and tribal levels. Diagnostic Center engagements are intended to build community capacity to use data to make short-and long-term evidence-based decisions about criminal justice and public safety.