Mayors report ways cities can rebuild trust between police, citizens

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 6.30.44 AMBy Liz Farmer | Governing

In the wake of another deadly police shooting controversy involving a black victim, the nation’s mayors have released a report highlighting key areas where cities can rebuild the broken trust between police departments and residents.

The report on community policing was released Thursday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting in Washington, D.C. The analysis concluded that, despite reduced crime rates, mistrust between officers and citizens persists. Among its recommendations were that officers should spend more time getting to know the community they patrol, that independent investigations occur when an officer kills someone and that police deparments needed to reduce the fear and prejudice many have toward cooperating with cops.

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