LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE: SUPPORTING COLLECTIVE HEALING IN THE WAKE OF HARM


   


The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale School of Medicine (Yale) and supported by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U. S. Department of Justice, has launched a historic new initiative to address the needs of those directly impacted by high-profile incidents of violence, such as communities that have experienced officer-involved shootings or violence against the police, that result in community-police tensions or harm.  

This initiative is designed to help communities develop both a preventative and a reparative focus to reduce tensions, maximize communication, ensure that victims receive a just and meaningful victim centered response, address officer health and wellbeing, and promote problem-solving between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

This 3-year project is designed to: 

  • Assist law enforcement in developing, implementing, and assessing comprehensive evidence-based and trauma-informed response strategies, protocols, and interventions that promote community engagement and healing related to law-enforcement involved shootings and other high-profile incidents of violence; and
  • Develop and disseminate comprehensive, expert technical assistance resources for law enforcement on trauma-informed culture and practice

The goals of this initiative will be supported by the following activities:

  • Selection of up to five demonstration sites to assess and address crucial community and agency needs, policy development and implementation, and internal culture and accountability
  • Recruitment, preparation, and deployment of a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to assist law enforcement agencies and communities in the wake of officer involved shootings or other high profile critical incidents
  • Development and dissemination of tools, resources, and promising practices

 

Demonstration Site Applications – Open Now!

Interested agencies are encouraged to thoroughly review the Collective Healing Demonstration Site documents and register to attend an Information Call to be held on August 16th from 3:00-4:00pm EST. This call will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions, learn from project partners and other interested agencies, hear about selection criteria, core activities, the evaluation process and expectations for selected agencies.