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Community-Police Relations

What it Takes to Build a Model Police-Community Relationship – A Conversation with West Palm Beach Chief of Police

In West Palm Beach, officers regularly have the opportunity to take part in dialogues with youth and community residents, utilizing Everyday Democracy’s Dialogue to Change process and discussion guides.  Chief of Police Sarah J. Mooney’s commitment to inclusion and dialogue have earned her our Civic Change Champion Award.

Taking on the Criminal Justice System After Spending 18 Months In Jail for a Crime He Didn't Commit

Joshua Glenn was 16 years old when police officers arrested and charged him with aggravated assault with a weapon. “They tried to say I shot a guy,” said Glenn. After spending 18 months in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Glenn is taking on Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. And he’s not alone.

 

What does co-production of public safety look like?

Community-police relations have been an important element of Everyday Democracy’s work since the release of our guide Protecting Communities, Serving the Public in 2000. Our coaching has helped bring diverse people together to build trust and share power, all while utilizing a racial equity lens. Our December 2016 national convening, The Moment is Now: Democracy That Works for All, featured a panel on the challenges and opportunities surrounding community-police relations.Here are highlights from the discussion on this important issue.

Becoming activists: Nothing will change if we don’t demand it

When people go to prison, their absence often devastates families. But parents across the country have been galvanized by their children’s ordeals not only to advocate for their own children’s freedom, but to band together to challenge and change the policies that have taken their children away. One thing unites them all—they’re not waiting for someone else to make the changes needed to stop the destruction of mass incarceration. They’re going to do it themselves.

7 tips for facilitating discussions on community-police relations

Having conversations about community-police relations can sometimes be uncomfortable. To help dialogue participants feel at ease, facilitators should come prepared to explain certain points at the beginning of the discussion and examine their own biases as well. Here are seven tips to help facilitators of conversations about community-police relations to help you have a successful, trust-building dialogue.

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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.