Creating a New Era of Public Safety

We need change now.

The outpourings of grief and generational pain we’re seeing today are a response not only to unjust policing of Black people — they are a cry for public officials to take action and achieve a new paradigm for policing. We cannot go through this cycle again. Now is the time for all of us to demand justice for the Black community and accountability for law enforcement. It is time to reimagine what kind of America we want to build — an America where all people can live safely and freely.


New Era of Public Safety

The New Era of Public Safety initiative offers groundbreaking tools to create accountability and increase trust, fairness, justice, and mutual respect between police departments and the communities of color they serve. The report and toolkit offer policy solutions to equip communities and police departments with best practices and recommendations for adopting 21st century policing models, including tools for advocacy.

Read the Report ›

Read the Toolkit ›

What’s Next?

Elected leaders should publicly commit to make changes and end police violence. But any process to transform public safety and ensure our communities thrive is going to take more. To ensure that progress moves in the right direction, state and local leaders and communities must work toward a vision of public safety that holds police accountable and invests in communities.

Read more about achieving accountability in our issue brief ›

If you’re an activist looking to build your own campaign, take a look at our advocacy tools including a campaign roadmap, sample letters to elected leaders, and social media graphics ›

If you’re a city official who wants to take a first step toward accountability, sign the Obama Foundation’s pledge to change your use of force policy ›

If you’re interested in learning more about the federal government’s response, read our coalition letter on the Justice in Policing Act ›

Partners on the Front Lines

Many of the local groups at the forefront of policing and criminal justice reform are working tirelessly to organize for action in the aftermath of this crisis. Below are groups leading the work, where people can consider donating and supporting:

Black Visions Collective ›

Community Data Empowerment Project— Dallas ›

Dallas Community Police Oversight Coalition ›

Native American Community Development Institute ›

Unidos MN ›


Organizations, Resources, and Tools


Black Lives Matter ›

Campaign Zero ›

Center for Constitutional Rights ›

Center for Policing Equity ›

Communities United for Police Reform ›

Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) ›

Erase the Database ›

Fair and Impartial Policing ›

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities (HEARD) ›

The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform ›

Immigrant Law Resource Center ›

In Our Names: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women (Trans & Non-Trans), Gender NonConforming Folks, and Fem(me)s ›

Know Your Rights for Women, Girls, and Gender Nonconforming People ›

Mapping Police Violence ›

The Marshall Project ›

Million Hoodies ›

The Movement for Black Lives ›


National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement ›

National Center for Transgender Equality ›

National Council on Independent Living ›

Police Assessment Resource Center ›

Police Executive Research Forum ›

Police Body-Worn Camera Legislation Tracker ›

Police Data Initiative ›

The Policing Project by NYU ›

The Stanford Open Policing Project ›

Strategies for Youth ›

Vera Institute of Justice ›

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