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Will New “Respect” Strategy Improve Police-Community Relations?

Starting tomorrow the Tacoma Police Department will host a series of conversations with the community as part of Project PEACE, a new initiative to intentionally improve police-community relations.

Elsewhere in the country new strategies are being tried as well, including an interesting one reported on by Next City. The approach, called RespectStat, takes an evidence-based approach that tries to quantify public sentiment toward the police. The program, based on the popular, but also controversial CompStat, surveys citizens to generate statistics on community experiences with police by hour, shift, or police unit, with the goal of identifying when and where negative attitudes are generated.

Tacoma Police will be working to build a relationship of trust and respect with the community. They're starting with talking. Would some sort of quantitative measure of community attitudes help build that relationship?

Read more at Next City


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