New York City has a new mayor and a new police commissioner, but an old problem: How to bridge the divide between police and communities of color. With crime at historic lows in New York City there is an opportunity to re-examine effective approaches to address this problem. Achieving greater public trust of law enforcement in communities of color is not just a feel good exercise. If we are serious about preventing crime and reducing disparities in crime we need respectful and productive relationships between police and the communities they serve. When communities have a voice in how laws are made and enforced they are in a better position to prevent crime.
A publication by the COPS Office at the U.S Department of Justice highlights ways to promote police legitimacy and racial reconciliation. Click here to access the PDF.