New Guide on Community Policing to Help Cities Strengthen Trust Between Law Enforcement and Communities

Guide Released by National League of Cities Builds on President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

WASHINGTON—With Montgomery, Alabama witnessing another tragic death just last week, there is an urgent need for cities to strengthen the trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities that they protect. The National League of Cities (NLC) today announced the release of its newest guide for city officials, Policing in the 21st Century. The guide will inform local officials about the recommendations from President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, providing guidance on how city leaders can work together with their city's law enforcement officials to implement the principles of community policing. 

Image removed."The trust between police officers and community members is essential to the stability of our cities, and to the integrity of our criminal justice system," said National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. "Community policing requires cooperation among police, citizens and local decision-makers, and this guide outlines tangible ways that cities across the nation can forge effective partnerships that combat criminal activity."

The guide helps city officials tackle six areas that the President's Task Force declared necessary for successful community policing: 

  • Building Trust and Legitimacy
  • Policy and Oversight
  • Technology and Social Media 
  • Community Policing and Crime Reduction
  • Officer Training and Education
  • Officer Safety and Wellness

The guide also provides sample community policing strategies that cities can use in tandem with a broad municipal commitment to the community policing effort, along with additional resources that city leaders can utilize to secure assistance and funding opportunities. The guide can be found here.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.