Neighborhood policing starts with the word “neighborhood.” That means since we’re the ones directly impacted by the problems we see, we should be the ones who have a voice in how those problems get solved.

Chicago Consent Decree

The Chicago Police Consent Decree, approved by a federal judge in 2019, is a detailed plan of police reforms that is approved by and enforced by a federal judge. Because it is enforced by a federal judge, a consent decree can set a high bar for police accountability and the protection of civil rights. It will also help ensure that Chicago police officers get the training resources and support police officers need to perform their jobs professionally and safely, because the requirements of the consent decree simply will not be satisfied without them.

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Health Check

How do you know if a police department is a good one? It should be a simple question to answer, yet there are no national standards to measure fair and effective policing. Police departments and the communities they serve need to know: what are we working towards, and how will we know when we get there?

The Policing Project at NYU School of Law has developed a tool to answer those critical questions— a series of 100 metrics built on a foundation of scientific research, Constitutional law, industry best practices, and community priorities, and vetted it extensively with national and local experts.

In August 2022, the Policing Project gathered with community leaders in Chicago to make sure the tool captures what communities care about. Two dozen community members met with our team to prioritize standards, revise metrics, and strategize how advocates can use our tool to inform police reform efforts. We look forward to announcing a broader launch of the tool later this year.

Reimagining Public Safety (RPS)

The current public safety response system is broken. For decades, police have been the 24-7, one-size-fits-all response to community needs, from stopping violent assaults to picking up stray dogs. This approach does not serve the community well, nor is it working for police. As a result, police and the general public alike experience unnecessary harms and threats to their well-being, and underlying public safety issues remain unsolved.

To address this, the Policing Project has been on the ground in five major metropolitan areas across the country speaking with activists, academics, police, first responders, and community members to learn what public safety means to them and think through how to achieve it. We are working with Chicago city leaders to learn how their alternative response models are working, and how they can be improved. Stay tuned for more information on how we are Reimagining Public Safety in Chicago.