October is Economic and Community Development Month. This month we devote ourselves to fostering local community development creating sustainable cities using the Pillars of Positive Peace.
Peace is much more than the absence of violence. Peace is when people are able to resolve their conflicts without violence and can work together to improve the quality of their lives.
Originated by Norwegian peace researcher Johan Galtung, and now part of the international framework developed by Institute for Economics and Peace, Positive Peace describes the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin and sustain peaceful societies. This conceptual framework, known as the Pillars of Peace, outlines a system of eight factors that work together to build positive peace.
These Pillars of Positive Peace provide a practical framework that can be used either internally to inform policing policy and strategy or externally to engage community in practical approaches to overcome adversity and conflict by building lasting peace in every community.
You can develop the Pillars of Positive Peace to support all community members in living their best possible lives. Learn more about Positive Peace through this free online Positive Peace academy and learn how the Pillars of Positive Peace can uplift and heal your community!
Police2Peace ® provides departments of all kinds with alternatives to the ways they deliver public safety, while helping communities reimagine how they would like policing to be. One way we do this is by reframing police officer as PEACE OFFICER. This small but powerful shift provides departments and communities with a framework for innovative, community-led policing approaches. The impact is better engagement, new channels of communication, building public trust and co-producing public safety. Police2Peace’s programs and Peace Officer Frameworktm are being used by departments and communities around the country to redefine, reimagine and advance policing in America so that everyone can lead their best possible lives.
Around the world the term “Peace Officer” is often used. While in the US the term can vary from state to state, it usually means a law enforcement role which includes a badge, has the power to arrest, and also carries a service weapon. For example, police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, and special agents all have similar positions as peace officers. In the US, the term “sworn” may also be used which means an individual who has been sworn in as a peace officer. While federal law enforcement officers operate under the authority of federal law, many of these federal officers are also recognized as peace officers under various state laws which provide them with the authority to enforce state and local laws.
PEACE OFFICER is an innovation for community-led policing. Historically, community policing in the U.S. can be traced back as far as the nineteenth century. The broad role for police was articulated by Sir Robert Peel in the 1820’s with the creation of the first modern police force. Research released in the late 1970s began a new wave of adoption in the U.S., and community-oriented policing has since been implemented around the country. The common thread through the decades has been that police are most effective when they exist in the community not as law enforcement, but as part of the community–solving problems and creating a safer civic environment. Police2Peace is making this vision a reality by re-framing policing as PEACE OFFICER. Our vision is national coherence around policing rooted in community engagement, transparency, accountability and reducing use of force. It is acting in good faith without malice. In this way, we are working to change the way America sees and experiences policing right down to the neighborhood level, every day.
Watch the 2021 National Sheriff of the Year Leon Lott speak about our Peace Officer programs.
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