The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

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The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Key Process and Outcome Evaluation Findings

Abstract

This brief highlights key evaluation findings from the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a six-city effort to promote more equitable, just, and respectful policing practices and improve relationships and trust between law enforcement and community members. The Initiative consisted of officer training, departmental policy changes, and a reconciliation process designed to repair police-community relationships by addressing the deep historical roots of distrust in the police among people of color and other marginalized populations. Findings show promise for the National Initiative model, suggesting that it was moderately successful in achieving its intended goals of training officers to be more equitable and respectful of community members and improving police practices and police-community relations. The full evaluation findings are presented in three additional publications: a brief describing changes in community sentiment in each site, a report on the content and implementation of activities for each jurisdiction, and an impact report examining the degree to which Initiative activities were associated with changes in crime rates, departmental practices, and police-community interactions.
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