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    Center for Policing Equity

    Reimagining Public Safety and the Role of Data-Informed Community Engagement

    St. Louis, MO

    Public safety involves more than just policingit includes reducing points of entry into the criminal legal system and addressing systemic racism and other inequities that destabilize communities. Some cities, like St. Louis (PDF), have invested in community organizations and other nonpolice entities, shifting some services away from police agencies. Moreover, research has shown that centering the voices of community members, particularly Black and Latine people, can generate more equitable budget reallocation efforts. The Center for Policing Equity works across the United States leveraging research to redesign public safety systems to be equitable, effective, and sustainable with Data-Informed Community Engagement (DICE). DICE is an evidence-based, community-centered approach that empowers communities to cocreate equitable public safety strategies through data analysis that is transparent, effective, and tailored to local problems. As part of this approach, the Center for Policing Equity also implements local public safety collaboratives with partnerships in the community, government, and law enforcement to gain a holistic understanding of local public safety challenges and potential solutions.

    With Catalyst Grant funding, the Center for Policing Equity and Simsi will support the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and will collaborate with the City of St. Louis, law enforcement, and vulnerable communities to use DICE to redesign St. Louis’s system of public safety. DICE will support the implementation of a St. Louis Public Safety Collaborative to diagnose crime patterns, prioritize locations for intervention, and coordinate programs that are pragmatic, impactful, and connected to lived experiences. Ultimately, this project will bring awareness to potential areas for improvement, maximize resources to improve public safety outcomes in St. Louis, and elevate lessons learned nationally through the Center for Policing Equity’s network of public safety collaboratives.


    2023 Grantees

    Beyond the Bars
    Miami Gardens, FL

    Black Voters Matter
    Fulton County, GA

    Center for Policing Equity
    St. Louis, MO

    Chicago Appleseed
    Cook County, IL

    Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
    Los Angeles, CA

    DC Fiscal Policy Institute
    Washington, DC

    Forward Through Ferguson
    St. Louis City and County, MO

    Freedom Community Center
    St. Louis, MO

    Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association
    Cuyahoga County, OH

    Homeward Bound
    Dallas County, TX

    Sacramento, CA

    Innovate Memphis
    Memphis, TN

    Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
    Washtenaw County, MI

    Just Communities Arizona
    Pima County, AZ

    Justice Management Institute
    New Orleans, LA

    Mediation and Restorative Services
    Anoka County, MN

    People of Progression
    Outagamie County, WI

    Phoenix Youth and Family Services
    Ashley County, Bradley County, Chicot County, Desha County, and Drew County, AR

    Project Curate
    Harris County, TX

    Pillars of the Community
    San Diego, CA

    Safer Foundation
    Cook County, IL

    San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
    San Francisco, CA

    Starting Over, Inc.
    Riverside County, CA

    Denver, CO

    United Way of South Central Michigan
    Jackson County, MI