Law enforcement can build police-community trust and improve public safety through fair and effective policing.
The landscape of American policing is rapidly changing. There’s growing recognition that the harms caused by over-enforcement of low-level offenses may be too great, especially as crime rates stay persistently low in most major cities. Research shows little evidence that untargeted enforcement of low-level offenses reduces serious crime — and considerable evidence that it disproportionately harms communities of color. Additionally, police departments are strained by a high volume of calls for service on issues related to mental health, drug use, and homelessness. These same agencies are called upon to focus their resources on improving public safety, reducing violence, and promoting community well-being.
We seek to transform American policing by supporting projects that advance police effectiveness and increase positive encounters between police and the community. We work with partners to analyze enforcement trends, test policing strategies, and build a toolbox of effective responses and cross-agency partnerships to improve public safety and fiscal outcomes. And we help implement promising reforms, then rigorously study their impact on crime rates, local budgets, officer safety, and public confidence, particularly within communities most affected.