City-wide, county-wide and regional Peace is a Vital Sign of Public Health initiatives begin with community listening sessions moderated by professional, trained moderators. The sessions are small, safe, facilitated conversations where community members can express how they feel about public safety and how they want to be served by the police. When all the sessions are complete, the statements, views and data are anonymized and compiled into feedback on how community members would like public safety to be and how they would like to be served by the police. Upon completion, a report is issued and shared with local civic and police leaders.
Following community listening sessions, curricula is delivered to community stakeholders which advances the framework of “Risk and Protective Factors” within communities. This framework is an innovative approach to uncertainty, disruption, trauma, and crisis employs well-studied public health and public safety models to view its societal problems through the lens of public health.
Risk factors may include: diminished economic opportunities, low levels of community participation, socially disorganized neighborhoods, community and individual level trauma, historical trauma and chronic exposure to violence.
The protective factors may include: research into community perceptions of police public safety, crime, and city governance; coordination of resources, investments, and services among nonprofits, community groups, and municipal agencies; fortifying local community groups to provide access to services for community members at risk, in addition to community support and connectedness.
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Using “micro-community listening sessions” in as many of the individual neighborhoods and stakeholder groups in a community as possible, Peace Initiatives deliver an inclusive range of lived experience and expertise to inform public safety and policing approaches at the neighborhood and/or precinct level in a city or county. By “micro-community” is meant small, granular, organized, grassroots virtual or in-person conversations of community members and stakeholder groups. Once all of the listening sessions are complete, then recommendations for action are developed to introduce and implement innovations to address issues uncovered. Learn how we can work with you to send in our custom, hand selected team of experts to begin your community Peace Is a Vital Sign of Public Health Initiative.
“We wanted our community to realize that we were more than just law enforcement—we were Peace Officers.”
Sheriff Leon Lott
Richland County South Carolina
Here are some ways you can get involved: do mediation in your community, organize an event with police and community, or start a community police relations group. Send us a message or give us a call. We will respond within 24 hours with the tools you need to get started.
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