Beginning with its work in bringing communities and police together to shut down drug markets, the National Network for Safe Communities has been both exploring and applying processes of police-community reconciliation. This work involves law enforcement and communities directly engaging with one another in order to address past and present harms, air grievances, and address narratives that keep both sides from moving toward their shared goal of improving public safety. When these issues are addressed openly, new understandings emerge, and a profound transformation in police-community relations becomes possible. Respect, collaboration, and effective working relationships between police and the communities they serve are central to both community safety and effective policing.
Provider: National Network for Safe Communities, John Jay College of Criminal Justice