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Friday, April 10 • 9:50am - 10:30am
PS26.0 Community Policing: Bridging the gap between minority communities and the police force

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In the wake of the tragedies of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford and Trayvon Martin we are at an impasse in the way police function within the African American community. At one end of the spectrum police officers are responsible for maintaining law and order in society while still protecting themselves from harm. Simultaneously, the African American community feels unlawfully targeted by aggressive and unwarranted attacks by these same officers. With increased tensions building between the police officers and the African American community the problem must be addressed if we are to make any progress in mending the broken bound between the two. The most prominent quick fix to the current issue is for increased use of cameras. While this might have an immediate impact we want a solution that is lasting and uniform. This solution comes in the form of increased community policing in minority communities. Given the long-term solution proposed we must answer the question: How can we use community-policing tools to increase trust in minority communities? Previous community policing research has created theories but never advanced a framework that can be applicable in society. Through my study of case studies, ethnographic reports and community policing literature I will put together a framework that moves beyond theory and will be applicable and transparent in its use. This framework if applied correctly will be the catalyst for administrators to incorporate in their police force. This model will tackle the present issues facing the growing outrage between minority communities and the police force


James Wright II

American University

Friday April 10, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am EDT
Biscayne Ballroom (2nd floor)