Building beyond Policing: A Case Study of Eden Night Live in Alameda County, California

Research Report

Building beyond Policing: A Case Study of Eden Night Live in Alameda County, California

September 25, 2018

Abstract

Key takeaway: How community parties have helped California sheriffs rethink public safety

Abstract: This report describes how the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office used Eden Night Live, a community festival and pop-up marketplace, to creatively reimagine and rebuild community-police relations in Ashland/Cherryland. Through interviews with officers, community members, and staff, this case study examines how artistic performance, community participation, and community-based economic development can build local commerce, foster community cohesion, and change perceptions of public safety.

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