Resources By Issue - Community-Police Relations

Communities need routine opportunities for people of many backgrounds to have dialogue with each other and with police, have a voice in decision making and work together for stronger communities.

Trust is broken, and safety is compromised, when people experience inequitable law enforcement. Residents may think the police are prejudiced and enforce policies unfairly. Police may feel blame for all kinds of social problems, and think they don't get credit for doing their jobs. Meanwhile, our society wrestles to balance protection of civil liberties and public safety.

Opportunities for dialogue and action involving residents and police will lead to better relationships, more equitable treatment by the police, greater police responsiveness and accountability, and greater willingness of residents to work with police. Communities will be safer for everyone.


A five-session discussion guide designed to help communities bring police and residents together to build trust and respect, develop better policies, and make changes for safer communities.
A list of external resources for addressing community-police relations.
Una guía para el diálogo público en torno a como mejorar las relaciones entre las comunidades y la policía.
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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, the dialogue to change program can help community members take action and make their voice heard.