Community Control


Policy 8: Community Oversight

More than 100 jurisdictions across the country have some type of civilian oversight commission or board, but few communities feel they have true control over their police departments. In recognition of the reality that community oversight is fundamental to the legitimacy of local law enforcement, many communities have renewed their call for meaningful community oversight. Traditionally, civilian or community oversight boards provide communities a say in the disciplining of officers accused of misconduct against community members. Read more »


Policy 9: Data Reporting

Data about law enforcement activity can be a powerful and effective tool in reforming policing and criminal justice practices. Collected data consistently shows that people of color are stopped more often and face more serious consequences—such as arrests, searches, or fines. Improved data collection and reporting policies are essential to understanding the severity and impact of discriminatory policing and making the case for reform to a variety of audiences. Comprehensive data allows states and localities to identify the scope of profiling, disparate enforcement, use of force and deaths resulting from police encounters/custody. Read more »


Policy 10: Body Cameras

Body cameras have become the most popular political response to recent incidents of police misconduct and brutality. There is much debate about the effectiveness and desirability of body worn cameras by community groups and advocates. Some communities and many elected officials believe that if properly regulated, body-worn cameras for police officers may be a tool to increase accountability, transparency, and collect evidence of police misconduct. Read more »