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Police-Community Relations

Here are the 9 resources from Police-Community Relations.

Andrus Family Fund

AFF funds community reconciliation projects within the United States that put their Collaborative Change Approach to the test in addressing one of AFF's three priority issues: identity-based conflict, police-community conflict and conservation conflict. Presently, AFF does not fund international projects, although it will consider supporting international research that will inform our domestic work. AFF also funds programs that help people leaving the foster care system transition to independence.

Resource Link: http://www.affund.org

Building Strong Neighborhoods: A Study Circle Guide for Public Dialogue and Community Problem Solving Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Study Circles Resource Center (SCRC), 1998.

A four-session discussion guide on many important neighborhood issues including: race and other kinds of differences; young people and families; safety and community-police relations; homes, housing and beautification; jobs and neighborhood economy; and schools.

Resource Link: http://www.studycircles.org/en/DiscussionGuides.aspx

Community Relations Service Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

CRS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, is a specialized Federal conciliation service available to State and local officials to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders. CRS helps local officials and residents tailor locally defined resolutions when conflict and violence threaten community stability and well-being.

Resource Link: http://www.usdoj.gov/crs

Ensuring School Safety Guide

Public Agenda.

Everyone wants schools that are safe, where students, teachers and support staff can concentrate on learning and not have to worry about crime and violence. In this community dialogue, you'll be asked to discuss your ideas on the best way to ensure that schools are safe places for children to learn and grow. Different approaches to school safety will have different benefits and different costs and challenges. To help you and your neighbors decide what is most important to you, Public Agenda presents in this Citizens ChoiceWork Guide three hypothetical school communities, each of which has approached the issue of school safety in a different way.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/pubengage/pe_toolkit.cfm

How to Combat Bias and Hate Crimes: An ADL Blueprint for Action

Anti-Defamation League, 1997.

The Anti-Defamation League is the nation's leader in the development of effective programs to confront violent bigotry and prejudice. The League's strength is its ability to craft national programming and policy initiatives and then to refine and implement them through our unique network of 30 Regional Offices. Staff members in the field closely track hate crime, study the trends in this criminal activity, and craft programs and initiatives to reduce prejudice, improve the response of the criminal justice system, and improve education. This Blueprint for Action is a compilation of ADL programs and initiatives that can be instituted more widely and replicated in communities across the country.

Resource Link: http://www.adl.org/blueprint.pdf

Improving Police/Community Relations Guide

Public Agenda.

It seems to be a reality of modern urban life that, from time to time, tensions can develop between law enforcement and community members or groups. Given this reality, it is worth doing some thinking about the best ways to prevent these tensions from developing in the first place, and of resolving them when they do. We've developed a framework that offers three contrasting approaches to improving police-community relations. A Spanish language version of this Citizen ChoiceWork Guide is available.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/pubengage/pe_toolkit.cfm

Police and Kids of Color: Building Community Bridges Through Theater

Race Talks.

Race Talk's video documentary titled "RACETALK: Collaboration Through Conversation" (1996), chronicles how a law school seminar builds trust, deals with controversy, fosters constructive conflict, and transforms participants into effective problem solvers. The video "Police and Kids of Color: Building Community Bridges Through Theater" explores these ideas in the context of a police academy.

Resource Link: http://www.racetalks.org/about/index.html

Police Use of Excessive Force: A Conciliation Handbook for the Police and the Community

Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice.

This 38-page handbook was developed by the Community Relations Service, which assists communities with crisis management and violence reduction.

Resource Link: http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/publist.html

Western Justice Center Foundation Recently Updated

The mission of the Western Justice Center Foundation is to increase the opportunity for peaceful conflict resolution and displace the power of violence in our society. We design, implement, evaluate and promote innovative methods of conflict prevention and resolution for children, communities and courts. The Western Justice Center Foundation strives to create a more civil society through a process of engagement and education that enables individuals and institutions to become partners in peace-building. We do more than make peace between people and communities, though, we seek to transform the ways that individuals and institutions deal with conflict to create cultures of peace.

Resource Link: http://www.westernjustice.org

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