Police2Peace is a metrics-driven program that develops community engagement and lowers the barriers between police and the community.
Its initial program has shown that a material shift in this direction can occur by simply adding the words PEACE OFFICER to public safety vehicles.
This change is the first in a series of low tech, high impact methods intended to reinforce positive values and strengthen officer resilience to improve police-citizen encounters.
In initial pilots, research indicates that the way officers and citizens viewed one another changed, resulting in greater compassion and improved citizen interactions and that communities felt police encounters were better and more productive.
The program design draws on established social science work including Priming, Language-Augmented Cognition, Social Tuning, Procedural Justice, and Cognitive Resilience Training. Each of these techniques contributes to the successful introduction of PEACE OFFICER into the community’s law enforcement identity.
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 program, research and the release of the resulting studies.
Proven Results for a Change
With growing media coverage of police-citizen encounters, departments increasingly desire to make changes, improve perceptions as a positive force by their communities and live up to that image. The PEACE OFFICER identity program reinforces the positive presence of officers as peacekeepers in their communities.
Research Study: Richland County, South Carolina | Click To Download
Police2Peace is a fiscally sponsored project of the Peace Development Fund.