Reconciliation between Police and Communities: Case Studies and Lessons Learned

National Network for Safe CommunitiesThis report from the National Network for Safe Communities at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice describes the components necessary for reconciliation between police departments and communities harmed by law enforcement policies that have been influenced by systemic racial discrimination. The report presents case studies from West Las Vegas, Nevada; Watts, California, which is in Los Angeles; and Rockford, Illinois. These case studies are part of a larger trend of police departments and leaders across the country explicitly recognizing historical racial injustices and committing to collaborative change using a reconciliation process that has four core elements: acknowledgment of harm; listening and narrative sharing; fact-finding; and policy and practice change.