Friday, January 1, 2016

Community Policing the FAU Way

Based on in part  Department of Justice COPS Office is supporting national efforts to implement the recommendations outlined in the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report.  FAU will use the Task Force recommendations that provide meaningful solutions to help us manage our employees in our law enforcement agencies and empower communities strengthen to trust and create a public private collaboration with mutual funds.

WE the People will work together in ushering the United States of America into the next phase of community-focused policing and equal justice.

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 AT 6:39 PM ET BY ROY L. AUSTIN, JR. the White House worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) to convene a National Prosecution Summit that brought together more than 100 local, state, and federal prosecutors. Participants discussed innovative strategies that enhance public trust and confidence in the criminal justice system while also promoting safety. Specific topics included the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report, implicit bias in prosecutions, body-worn cameras, collecting and utilizing data to further facilitate criminal justice reform, and community-oriented approaches to facilitate witness and victim cooperation. 
Neil Eggleston, Assistant to the President and White House Counsel, provided opening remarks. As a former prosecutor, he emphasized the important role of prosecutors in reforming our criminal justice system: 
 
“Legislative reform is important – at the state and local level as well as the federal level – but so are all of you. It is no exaggeration to say that the future of our justice system depends on the efforts of dedicated prosecutors like you who are seeking to innovate in response to today’s challenges while ensuring our society stays true to the core principles that define us as a Nation.”
 Neil Eggleston
The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing report underscored the importance of trust, personal relationships, and transparency between law enforcement and the community—the principles of community policing. These same principles are key for community prosecution. The prosecutors in attendance spoke of the need to work directly in neighborhoods to develop relationships with local groups, align enforcement priorities with residents’ public safety concerns, identify community solutions to prevent crime and use data to ensure the effectiveness of prosecutive action. They expressed how increased trust goes hand in hand with public safety.  
Participants also highlighted specific initiatives that have successfully improved public trust and safety and how the Justice Department continues to provide grants in support of evidence-based, data-driven efforts to enhance community prosecution programs. As part of the Smart Prosecution Initiative, soon the Department will launch a website for prosecutors around the nation that will provide the latest research, resources, and education to the prosecutorial field.
This Summit is part of a series of convenings held by the Administration on criminal justice reform.
WE THE PEOPLE REQUEST A SERIES OF MEETINGS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IMPLEMENTATION



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