6 Essential Reads to Improve Police-Community Relations

ARTICLE | May 3, 2017

Officer-involved shootings and their impact on community relations are making headlines again. We pulled together some recent content that might be helpful as you consider challenges you may be facing in your community.

1)  Review your recruitment process. This article features insights from work done by the Center for Public Safety Management co-founder Leonard Matarese and features some ideas for the kind of attributes, skills, and capabilities needed for police officers and leaders during times of disruptive change.

2)  Are body-worn cameras right for your community? The January/February 2017 PM cover feature focuses on separating fact from fiction in using this technology to enhance trust between police and minority communities, as well as to improve police accountability.

3)  Know what factors to consider in anticipation and in the aftermath of an incident. This slide presentation shares observations and lessons for communities as seen through the lens of the Charlotte riots last fall.

4)  Get the book. The ICMA complimentary e-book, Building Resilient Communities During Disruptive Change -- Part 2: Public Safety presents innovations and best practices compiled by thought leaders in local government and public safety management.

5) Use of force policy. This document in our resource library provides some guiding principles for public safety departments. It is the culmination of 18 months of research, field work, and national discussions on police use of force, especially in situations involving persons with mental illness and cases where subjects do not have firearms.

6) Update your metrics. This checklist provides measures that should be considered to more accurately get at outcomes geared toward improving trust between the police force and the community while providing the sense of safety and security residents crave.

Check out the Police and Public Safety Topic Areas for more content. 

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