Views of the Police and Neighborhood Conditions

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Views of the Police and Neighborhood Conditions

Evidence of Change in Six Cities Participating in the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Abstract

This brief examines changes in community sentiment about police within the six cities that took part in the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, an effort to promote more equitable, just, and respectful policing practices and improve relationships and trust between law enforcement and community members. In-person surveys of residents living in neighborhoods experiencing high rates of crime and concentrated poverty in each of the participating cities explored residents’ views of the police and police-community relationships, their perceptions of crime and neighborhood conditions, and their willingness to partner with the police on crime control and prevention. Comparisons of baseline to follow-up survey findings show that while views of the police were negative at both waves, considerable improvements in residents’ perceptions occurred after the Initiative was implemented—most notably around procedural justice, police legitimacy, and police bias.
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