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Solutions-driven Community Policing framework

Police2Peace ® provides departments of all kinds with alternatives to the ways they deliver public safety, while helping communities reimagine how they would like policing to be. By drawing from what it means to be a PEACE OFFICER, departments and communities have an innovative community-led policing approach.  This creates better engagement, new channels of communication, builds public trust and co-produces public safety.  Police2Peace’s programs and Peace Officer Frameworktm are being used by departments and communities around the country to redefine, reimagine and advance policing in America so that everyone can lead their best possible lives.

Peace Officer Around the World


Peace Officers established under the Peace Officers Act of 1925


Peace Officers include mayors, wardens, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, sheriff's officer and justices of the peace

Hong Kong

Peace Officers established under the Chinese Peace Officers Regulation Ordinance of 1844

United States

Nearly all 50 states cite in their penal codes officers as Peace Officers.

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Sri Lanka

Under the Code Of Criminal Procedure a peace officer includes all police officers

United Kingdom

The first centrally organized police force in the world was created in Ireland, then a part of the United Kingdom, following the Peace Preservation Act in 1814

United Nations

UN Peacekeepers of the United Nations are governed by the Department of Peace Operations

Around the world the term “Peace Officer” is often used.  While in the US the term can vary from state to state, it usually means a law enforcement role which includes a badge, has the power to arrest, and also carries a service weapon. For example, police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, and special agents all have similar positions as peace officers.  In the US, the term “sworn” may also be used which means an individual who has been sworn in as a peace officer. While federal law enforcement officers operate under the authority of federal law, many of these federal officers are also recognized as peace officers under various state laws which provide them with the authority to enforce state and local laws. 

A New Community Policing Framework

PEACE OFFICER is an innovation for community-led policing.  Historically, community policing in the U.S. can be traced back as far as the nineteenth century. The broad role for police was articulated by Sir Robert Peel in the 1820’s with the creation of the first modern police force.  Research released in the late 1970s began a new wave of adoption in the U.S., and community-oriented policing has since been implemented around the country.  The common thread through the decades has been that police are most effective when they exist in the community not as law enforcement, but as part of the community–solving problems and creating a safer civic environment.   Police2Peace is making this vision a reality by re-framing policing as PEACE OFFICER. Our vision is national coherence around policing rooted in community engagement, transparency,  accountability and reducing use of force.  In this way, we are working to change the way America sees and experiences policing right down to the neighborhood level, every day. 

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