At a time when Philadelphia and other large urban centers are seeing a surge in homicides and fatal shootings, homicides in the city of Chester, Pa., are down 63 percent this year, and fatal shootings are down 43 percent. What’s Chester doing right?
The number of recent violent events spread across the country has many questioning whether the rising level of violence will continue to climb throughout the summer—and what that will do to communities. Some are trying to find alternatives, like summer anti-violence programs, while others are taking their frustration to the streets to demand change.
Former Camden County, N.J., Police Chief Scott Thomson told The President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice that it was important to repair relationships in communities with high levels of distrust in law enforcement. He was one of several law enforcement leaders discussing the challenges to American law enforcement.
Law enforcement agencies should shelve the riot gear and start talking to demonstrators if they want to preserve civil peace in America’s increasingly polarized climate, says a new study calling for the “fair and effective management” of protests.
An ambitious initiative to improve police-community relations and begin the process of “reconciliation” between law enforcement and communities that have experienced a history of systemic bias by authorities has achieved some modest successes, according to an Urban Institute study released Thursday.
Anger over aggressive law enforcement strategies and a pervasive “no-snitching” culture create a wall of resistance to cooperating with police that can only be broken when authorities step up efforts “to make high-risk places demonstrably safer,” according to a study by two criminologists.
Internal training materials obtained by Vice and posted online show how the nation’s largest police department trains the people who produce its 119 social media feeds for more than 1 million followers.