Law Enforcement and the Communities they Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm


Law Enforcement and the Communities they Serve: Supporting Collective Healing in the Wake of Harm

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), 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 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 divisive events; 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

IACP selected five demonstrations sites in January 2018 from a competitive pool of law enforcement agencies across the U.S. who have partnered with local community-based organizations representing victim service providers to include mental health providers and community advocates. IACP Collective Healing Demonstration Sites are:

  • Baton Rouge Police Department
  • Houston Police Department
  • Minneapolis Police Department
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Rapid City Police Department


For more information, please contact Laura Renenger ( or Gillian Caplan ( or call 800-843-4227.


Project Partners

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 2016-MU-GX-K026 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues

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