August is National Back to School Month. This month we celebrate the children and families who are parents, students, and teachers prepare for the new academic year.
Sharing experiences with our children about the police is challenging. When it comes to children, police officers may be thought of as friendly. Maybe a police officer has spoken to their kindergarten class or lower grade school class. These friendly police may be in contrast to the officers recently in the news, such as Derek Chauvin and officers Wisconsin who shot Jacob Blake. How do current events and conversations related to police affect the ways we can speak with our children about police? These current events may cause parents to wonder about how to explain police officers to a child.
Learn ways you can speak with children about the police, and receive your free copy of Aron and the Police Give Back to the Community. Young children, especially around the age of 5, are just beginning to learn about the world and the topic of police for children can be complicated. Get your copy now to begin explaining police officers to young children.
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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