The National Initiative will combine existing and newly developed interventions informed by implicit bias, procedural justice, and reconciliation in six pilot sites around the country.
The National Initiative will combine existing and newly developed interventions informed by implicit bias, procedural justice, and reconciliation in six pilot sites around the country. It will also develop and implement interventions for victims of domestic violence and other crimes, youth, and the LGBTQI community; conduct research and evaluations; and establish a national clearinghouse where information, research, and technical assistance are readily accessible for law enforcement, criminal justice practitioners, and community leaders.
In selecting pilot sites, the National Initiative team considered a list of factors such as geographic diversity, jurisdiction size, ethnic and religious composition, and population density. The team also considered each site’s willingness and capacity to engage in the three-pronged approach of the National Initiative, history of social tensions, level of violence, economic conditions, police department size, and historical strategies for addressing procedural fairness, implicit bias, and reconciliation at the local level. Through this process, the team gained insight into the potential for measurable gains within sites and which sites include the special subpopulations on which the National Initiative will focus (LGBTQI, youth, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Latino, and one neighborhood per site that will implement targeted youth violence and/or gang reduction strategies).