January 14, 2021

How State and Local Governments Can Work Together to Create Better, Safer Communities

America’s cities, towns and villages are facing a national reckoning on racial justice and law enforcement. Blaring, passionate demands for the government to reimagine public safety and policing have persisted with every murder of an unarmed individual by police officers, with George Floyd’s and Breonna Taylor’s names at the forefront.

While many cities and towns are ready and willing to reimagine public safety for their communities, they are oftentimes constrained by preemption or the resources needed to establish new emergency response departments and staff. This presents an opportunity for state governments to aid local leaders by providing resources and support as they work through this process in their communities. This guide demystifies today’s most urgent policing topics.