Faced with the proliferation of illegal guns and high rates of gun-related homicides and injuries, police are on the front lines in responding to gun violence. Departments that have the trust of their communities can work collaboratively with residents to reduce violence. But too often, police departments use aggressive tactics in responding to the violence, including street stops, use of force, and arrests for low-level offenses. There is little or no evidence that these tactics are effective in reducing violent crime, and considerable evidence that they disproportionately harm communities of color and undermine community trust and police legitimacy. Lack of police legitimacy undermines potential collaboration between police and community members and prompts some young people to carry guns for protection. The Joyce Foundation supports projects to promote constitutional policing, improve police legitimacy and build police-community trust.
Build police-community trust, enhance police legitimacy, and improve public safety through fair, democratic policing.
ADVANCE LOCAL REFORM INITIATIVES IN GREAT LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENTS
The Joyce Foundation supports projects to advance local police reform initiatives to promote constitutional policing and police legitimacy. We also support community engagement initiatives to reduce negative encounters between police and community members, promote greater cooperation, reduce risky gun behaviors and improve community safety.
ADVANCE STATE POLICY REFORMS TO PROMOTE CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING
We will evaluate opportunities for state policy initiatives that advance 21st century policing practices, working in collaboration with law enforcement and community members who are most impacted by gun violence and the police response to gun violence.
PRODUCE AND DISSEMINATE RESEARCH ON BEST PRACTICES FOR REFORM
Joyce supports the production and dissemination of research evaluating reform models and identifying best practices for building police-community trust and legitimacy. We will also support expert and stakeholder convenings to share information about promising strategies.