Police Reform

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NASW Seeks to Dismantle Racist Policing

Racism is real and must be eliminated. Police brutality is real and must be eliminated. Oppressive policing is real and must be eliminated. NASW stands against racism, police brutality and oppressive policing.

Read our statement on police reform

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Additional Resources

New Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing
This Leadership Conference Education Fund report features tools to increase trust, fairness, justice, and mutual respect between police departments and the communities they serve. The campaign guidebook and toolkit offer community-centered policy solutions to equip communities and police departments with best practices and recommendations for adopting 21st century policing models, including tools for advocacy.

Re-imagining Public Safety: Prevent Harm and Lead with the Truth
This report outlines a five-step policy plan for policing in America, from the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School and the Center for Policing Equity.

Anguish and Action

Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America, and Black people are three times more likely to be killed than White people. We can take steps and make reforms to combat police violence and systemic racism within law enforcement.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Policing Reform Campaign Policing Reform Campaign
This campaign seeks to transform policing culture and practices, eliminate racial bias and profiling in policing, and end police violence against citizens. The Race and Policing Reform campaign seeks to promote unbiased and responsible policing policies and practices at the
national, state and local levels.

President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. It is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.

The task force recommendations, each with action items, are organized around six main topic areas or “pillars:” Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training and Education, and Officer Safety and Wellness.

Vera Institute of Justice:

Center for Policing Equity: Research

Assessing the State of Police Reform
How Jurisdictions Are Responding to Calls for a Fundamental Change in Policing, from the Center for American Progress

Congress and Police Reform: Current Law and Recent Proposals - Congressional Research Service

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Mapping Policy Violence

Black people have been 28 percent of those killed by police since 2013 despite being only 13 percent of the population.

See the police violence data