Police2Peace is a national initiative to improve police-citizen encounters in communities across the country by adding PEACE OFFICER decals to the existing markings on public safety vehicles.
Departments are benefiting because this simple wording addition to their vehicles is improving the public’s perception of the police, resulting in citizen encounters being better and more productive.
Communities are benefiting because this small reminder on police vehicles is changing how officers are aware of themselves, resulting in greater compassion which then improves their interactions with citizens.
The reasons why encounters are improving are based in science. Research such as Procedural Justice, “Priming”, Language-Augmented Cognition and Social Tuning are examples of the well studied science supporting the introduction of PEACE OFFICER wording on public safety vehicles.
This is because communication is not entirely about what we say. Instead, much of our communication is nonverbal. It’s in the subtleties of the tone of our voice, our expressions, and our body language. But most importantly it’s about where we’re coming from that allows us to effectively communicate with others.
The PEACE OFFICER program seeks to positively influence how officers are aware of themselves and how the public sees them. This can then influence how officers manage and lead themselves, resulting in citizens becoming more engaged.
This simple, high impact wording change demonstrates that we can stimulate more meaningful interactions resulting in greater compassion that brings communities together by simply adding the words PEACE OFFICER to public safety vehicles.
Feasibility Study Completed: Redlands, CA Police Department
Beginning in December 2017, Police2Peace engaged with the Redlands, CA police department to roll out vehicles with the designation, PEACE OFFICER on each car. That department engaged with the New York University and UCLA public policy institute called BetaGov to study the impact of the change on perceptions in the community. Results released in May 2018.
Pilot Completed: Richland County, SC Sheriff’s Department
Beginning in January, 2018, the Richland County Sheriff’s department became the first sheriff organization in the country to undertake the inclusion of PEACE OFFICER on their vehicles. A random control trial was performed to gauge the effect of citizens and officers seeing PEACE OFFICER on certain vehicles while other areas of the county are in control groups where the designation does not appear. Results released in July 2018.
We Offer Departments a Turnkey Program
Once a department decides to participate in the program, they can initiate a custom research study in their city or county. We then work with them to arrange and fund the placement of new decals on squad cars. We also work with them to create awareness of this change community-wide. The department, city, state and federal government incur no expense whatsoever for the change, the research and the release of the resulting studies.
Proven Results for a Change
The Police2Peace program is giving departments around the country the opportunity to engage differently, speak differently, and take different action that is based in research and validated in the field—which is why this is exactly the right time for this initiative to take hold.
Research Study: Richland County, South Carolina | Click To Download
Police2Peace is a fiscally sponsored project of the Peace Development Fund.