Partnering with communities and police departments to rethink public safety and renew trust in policing
The Policing Campaign
Public safety is a civil and human right without which people cannot thrive and democracy cannot function. But our nation’s approach to public safety — and whom it protects — is at odds with our shared values of fairness, equity, and justice.
Protecting communities and maintaining safety has long been a core responsibility of police. They are first responders to emergencies, behavioral health crises, and violent crime. Yet our county has a troubled history of policing. From early slave patrols to the modern-day criminalization of people of color, policing has sowed deep distrust of law enforcement across our nation. That history is alive today, borne out in disparities in practices ranging from stops and searches to arrests and use of force.
To ensure that police officers serve and protect people in all communities, The Education Fund launched a national campaign to strengthen policing through community-centered, collaborative reform. By integrating community voices into police policies and practices, developing a shared language to restore trust between departments and communities, and bringing people with diverse perspectives to the decision-making table, the Policing Campaign is rethinking public safety to create a safer and stronger nation for us all.