The Police Perspectives: Building Community Trust blog series  is part of Vera’s Police Connecting with Communities of Color project. The series explores the importance of—and provides guidance on how to build and enhance—positive relationships between law enforcement agencies and the diverse communities they serve.


The mechanics of diversity recruitment

April 21, 2015
By Theron Bowman

Every police department should be expected to have a competent, professional workforce that is responsive and accountable to the community it serves—as well as reflective of it. In Arlington, Texas, we have learned that workforce diversity is a key ingredient in assembling a workforce in which the community can have confidence.



The supervisor’s role in promoting fair and impartial policing

April 3, 2015
By Lorie A. Fridell and Sandra Brown 

Lisa ThurauBob StewartThe efforts of law enforcement agencies to promote fair and impartial policing need to include training for supervisors in identifying bias—both explicit and implicit—among the officers they supervise. Supervisors need to know when to intervene and take corrective action that enhances an officer’s ability to effectively protect and serve the community.



Building trust through trauma-informed policing

March, 20, 2015
By Altovise Love-Craighead

For many victims and witnesses, a police officer is the first criminal justice official they encounter. In order to cultivate and sustain effective relationships with these individuals and ensure effective and swift case processing, it is critical that police are able to recognize and address trauma.



Avoiding 'profiling by proxy'
March 13, 2015
By Lisa Thurau and Bob Stewart 

Lisa ThurauBob StewartWhen an individual calls the police and makes false or ill-informed claims of misconduct about persons they dislike or are biased against—e.g., ethnic and religious minorities, youth, homeless people—police must be careful to avoid “profiling by proxy”. 



Dealing with contentious incidents
February 20, 2015
By Jeri Williams 

By taking steps to build trust and partnerships with community members before a contentious encounter occurs...police officials can ensure that their post-contentious encounter response is less reactive and more thoughtful.




Effective approaches to connecting with diverse communities
February 17, 2015
By Harold Love 

As police officers, we are vested with an awesome amount of power and authority that must be used responsibly. In order to truly serve the public—while respecting and protecting its constitutional rights—we must proactively take steps to understand and respect various cultures within the communities we serve.



New blog series explores importance of police/community trust
Feburary 9, 2015
By Caitlin Gokey and Susan Shah

caitlin gokeysusan shahAcross the country, people of all races and ethnicities are talking about police-community relations in the wake of high profile law enforcement encounters that resulted in the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Tamir Rice in Cleveland, as well as the murders of two New York City police officers in Brooklyn.






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Nicholas Turner Testimony on President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Engaging Police in Immigrant Communities: Promising Practices from the Field

COPS Podcasts Series on Policing Immigrant Communities

New York City Bar Association Panel on Police-Community Relations

Webcast: Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices from the Field


Police Connecting with Communities of Color project: Advising law enforcement agencies on how to fill the knowledge and practice gap in effectively policing communities of color while building trust with the diverse communities they serve.
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