Recent events around the country involving police use of force and officer involved shootings, specifically impacting communities of color, have highlighted significant challenges and opportunities in the important relationship between the police and the communities they serve. Given these events and the resulting civil unrest in many cities, campus public safety agencies must seize the opportunity to review their policies, procedures and practices to ensure they continue to foster trust-based and collaborative relationships while effectively reducing crime and maintaining order.
Given the recent focus on the authority, jurisdiction, accountability, professionalism and transparency of campus law enforcement, we are highlighting our service geared towards helping universities and colleges to enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of their public safety agencies. We provide an objective review of policing practices with an eye towards ensuring fair and impartial policing. Our comprehensive review includes a thorough assessment of policies (especially those that govern high risk/high liability situations), procedures and practices rooted in our considerable experience in university and college public safety. We include an evaluation of technology (e.g., body worn cameras, use of force tools, etc.) and procedures for data collection and documentation specifically related to bias-based policing. We continue our work by examining your cultural competency programming and related curricula. We follow with an assessment of your trainings, recruitment program, and selection policies. If we identify gaps between your institution’s practices and current, evolving and promising practices, including those from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing (final report PDF), we provide recommendations and deliver suggested enhancements consistent with our experience as consultants and expert witnesses.
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