IACP Launches Institute for Community-Police Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2016

CONTACT: Sarah Guy
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IACP Launches Institute for Community-Police Relations

Alexandria, VA – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in partnership with the Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce the launch of the IACP Institute for Community-Police Relations.

The IACP Institute for Community-Police Relations is designed to provide assistance to U.S. law enforcement agencies looking to enhance community trust by focusing on culture, policies, and practices. To achieve that mission, the Institute will provide immediate, short-term, and long-range support to state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States as they seek to address the issues raised in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Final Report. These issues include building trust and legitimacy, policy and oversight, technology and social media, community policing and crime reduction, training and education, and officer safety and wellness. The IACP’s 2015 Summit Report on Community-Police Relations will also serve as a foundational tool for the Institute’s efforts. 

“Policing is facing significant challenges in the United States," said IACP President Terrence M. Cunningham, Chief of the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department. "Many agencies and communities are ready to challenge the status quo together and continue to evolve policing in the U.S. The IACP and its new Institute for Community-Police Relations is the perfect vehicle by which to achieve needed changes.”

“At a time when public safety is at the forefront of so many people’s minds in cities around the world, we are proud to support programs such as the Institute for Community-Police Relations that aim to improve safety and security in our communities,” said Matt Blakely, Executive Director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Current and planned offerings of the Institute include:

  • Educational material, including tools, reports, articles, and other resources to help agencies build and foster positive community-police relations.
  • Translation of Task Force recommendations into a blueprint for agencies to follow in embarking on recommendation implementation.
  • Training and technical assistance to support Task Force recommendation implementation.
  • Piloting innovative approaches to build community-police trust.
  • Facilitation of citizen-police dialogue to improve trust.
  • Inter-agency mentoring to increase local use of the Task Force report.

 

The challenges faced by law enforcement today will only be solved through sustained engagement and collaborative approaches. The IACP Institute for Community-Police Relations will assist agencies in navigating these conversations and advancing a culture of cohesion and trust between the police and the communities they serve.

For more information about the Institute for Community-Police Relations visit www.theiacp.org/ICPR.

About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. With over 27,000 members in more than 130 countries, the IACP serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. The IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, education, outreach and programs. IACP is a professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: motorolasolutions.com/foundation.

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