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How can police and citizens build trust & make communities safer? (Viewed 3355 times)
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This topic focuses on solutions to build trust & faith in local law enforcement, end the horrific videos showing brutality, and most importantly... make our communities safer.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Ties Between Cops and Citizens

http://nationswell.com/cops-citizens-5-ways-strengthen-bonds/

"Using tanks and tear gas certainly isn’t the way for police officers to endear themselves to the community in which they work. But these unique programs can foster a trusting relationship — and make neighborhoods safer in the process, too."

1) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). What is it? CIT is a 40-hour training program which teaches police how to respond to mental illness emergencies properly (ie: calm, caring and safe). Results: a 40-50% drop in injuries (officers and citizens). Given its success, it has been adopted by approximately 2,800 police departments nationwide as the new national standard.

2) Coffee with a Cop. What is it? Officers sit in a local shop (Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, etc) and talk with any citizen who has a question or problem. Results: Its become so popular that it has expanded to over 680 police departments in the US and abroad.

3) Boston Miracle. What is it? The premise is that most urban violence is caused by a small number of people, not the whole community. "Cops, probation officers and others identify the people responsible for most of the shootings. These people are invited to a call-in, where they’re given straight talk by neighbors, police, prosecutors, street-outreach workers and clergy. The message: Keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll come down on you hard, prosecuting you in federal court if possible. Or, put the guns down, and we’ll help you secure jobs, find housing and access other social services." Results: this model has spread to dozens of other communities, and is still a work in progress.

4) New ID card (primarily geared toward undocumented immigrants). What is it? Local immigrants avoided police by not reporting crimes out of fear of being deported, amongst other things. Furthermore, most of them couldn’t even open bank accounts, and so carried around large amounts of cash, leading to the reputation of “walking ATMs” which muggers and criminals prey upon. Results: Crime has decreased in immigrant neighborhoods by about 20 percent. Other cities are following suit.

5) Make cops more live locally. What is it? Many cops do not live in or near the communities they serve. This creates a disconnect and distrust. And, while we can't force cops to live locally, some cities like Detroit are trying to incentivize living locally. Atlanta, Baltimore and Ferguson, MO are testing this out too. Results: to be determined. Stay tuned and hope for the best. Personally, I think it's a great idea and long overdue.

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Chicago police rolling out new, mandatory 'de-escalation' training

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-police-training-met-20160916-story.html

"After years of paying out tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits over excessive force, the city is now bringing officers in for training that emphasizes "de-escalation" tactics to try to reduce the number of fatal confrontations."

Great start to de-escalate conflicts and address mental health confrontations.

All 12,500 officers getting trained. Classes 6 days a week. Goal is to be completed in 1 year's time.

Using physical force doesn't solve problems. Obviously.

This might.

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For Police, a Playbook for Conflicts Involving Mental Illness

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/health/police-mental-illness-crisis-intervention.html

"In response to high-profile shootings of people with mental illness, police departments around the country are turning to crisis intervention training."

Approximately 25% of people fatally shot by police have had a mental disorder. surprised

Diffusing volatile (and unnecessarily fatal) situations, without the use of force, is LONG overdue.

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Focused crime strategy finds early success.

http://archive.jsonline.com/news/crime/focused-crime-strategy-finds-early-success-can-it-work-in-milwaukee-b99730433z1-383514141.html

What is "focused deterrence?"

"[It] involves identifying people most at risk to commit or to be victimized by gun violence — often the same individuals — and hosting call-ins [basically an intervention] where they are given community support and offered resources [including job training, mental health treatment and more]. They are told they have the attention of law enforcement and will face serious, immediate consequences, often federal charges and long sentences, if they are arrested again."

Results have varied depending on where it's been implemented and how.

We need ways to make this work better everywhere, not just in select cities.

It's in the best interest of everyone to do so.

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What If Mental Health First Aid Were as Widespread as CPR? New York City’s Planning to Do It

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/what-if-mental-health-first-aid-were-as-widespread-as-cpr-new-york-citys-planning-to-do-it-20160527

Police are being trained on how to appropriately handle incidents of mental illness and diffuse the situation successfully.

Why is this important?

"One in every four Americans experiences mental illness, and lack of police understanding can lead to tragedy."

Can?

It DOES lead to tragedy as we've all witnessed one way or another.

This is great news and a good start.

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