“We wanted our community to realize that we were more than just law enforcement—we were peace officers.”Sheriff Leon Lott
Police2Peace is a research-driven program that creates demonstrably positive changes in the way communities and departments engage with one another. We do this by offering departments the opportunity to self-review and then implement follow-on programs to create greater community engagement.
Our national non-profit was formed with the idea that the daily exchange and use of words creates more peace and harmony for communities, and greater public trust for law enforcement. And a peaceful community is a far safer community. To do this, we work with cities and departments around the country to transform the safety and security of the community into a collaborative effort. We begin by giving each department the opportunity for self-review of how the community views the department and its officers, how the officers view the community members and how the officers view themselves. We then offer follow-on programs designed to create greater community engagement. One of these programs uses the notion of PEACE OFFICER –an ethos that inspires clear codes of conduct as well as how to apply them. Request a self-review.
Our programs deliver high impact initiatives intended to develop community engagement and lower the barriers between police and the community. These programs then have the effect of changing behavior and perception of behavior. From assessing the relationship between the department and community members to fostering greater collaboration, our programs are intended to change hearts and minds. All of this is to help bring about a more fair, just and equitable society for everyone. Contact us for a list of these programs.
In departments around the country, research indicates that the way officers and citizens view themselves and one another can change over time and with certain interventions, for example resulting in a shift in officers’ views of their jobs. In some studies, before the PEACE OFFICER wording is introduced, officers report seeing themselves and being seen as tamping down problems that develop; after the introduction of the wording they report seeing their roles as creating peace in the community. Community members report similar shifts in their views of officers as peace keepers, lowering fear, generating more trust and greater willingness to reach out to officers when there is an issue.
The programs draw on established social science work including Priming, Language-Augmented Cognition, Social Tuning, Procedural Justice, and Cognitive Resilience Training. Each of these techniques contributes to changing hearts and minds through fostering compassion and building greater public trust.
Benefits to Departments
The benefits to departments and communities are far reaching for both officers and community members. For departments, the programs can make officers’ jobs easier, improve officer wellness, ease recruitment, reduce stress and create more satisfaction. The department, city, state and federal government incur no expense whatsoever for the program, research and the release of the resulting studies. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
Proven Results for a Change
With growing media coverage of police-citizen encounters, departments around the country are taking the opportunity for self-review. Then by employing other programs such as the PEACE OFFICER initiative, departments can transform perceived problems into a collaborative effort for greater peace and security with their communities. Greater collaboration between citizens and officers lowers mistrust and creates more willingness for citizens to reach out to officers when there is an issue. This has the result of changing the mindset of both officers and citizens from “us versus them” to one of collaboration resulting in lasting change for both the department and the community.
Research Study: Richland County, South Carolina | Click To Download
Police2Peace is a fiscally sponsored project of the Peace Development Fund.