Strategies for Change: Research Initiatives and Recommendations to Improve Police-Community Relations in Oakland, CA

Jun 20, 2016
The report summarizes the findings of the Oakland Police Department (OPD) reports on officer's self-initiated stops data analysis, discusses four other research initiatives, and lists 50 recommendations for improving police-community relations. The authors indeed uncovered evidence that OPD officers treat people of different races differently. At the same time, the authors found little evidence that disparate treatment arose from explicit racism or purposeful discrimination. Instead, the research suggests that many subtle and unexamined cultural norms, beliefs, and practices sustain disparate treatment. The findings also suggest 50 evidence-based actions that agencies can take to change department cultures and strengthen police-community ties.
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