CRS provides services to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that help communities resolve conflict. Through facilitated dialogue, mediation, consultation, and training, CRS's services help to build trust and improve partnerships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. These partnerships help to facilitate problem solving and improve communication, which reduces tensions, clarifies misunderstandings, and improves local communities’ capacity to resolve future conflict. Some ways CRS works with law enforcement are:
- Improving partnerships and communication between law enforcement and diverse communities through dialogue and problem solving
- Supporting efforts to reduce community conflict and tension following controversial incidents, including prosecutorial decisions or verdicts
- Helping organizers hold safe public events through contingency planning and event marshal training
- Improving community awareness of hate crime laws, prevention, and response
- Improving law enforcement awareness of the customs and practices of the diverse communities they serve
Below are some recent examples of CRS's work with law enforcement. Additional case summaries may be found within CRS’s Annual Reports, located on the CRS Resource Center webpage.
Resources for You
Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships
Engaging and Building Partnerships with Muslim and Sikh Americans
GodSquad | Keeping the Peace in Sanford, FL
Event Marshals Tipsheet (PDF)
These guides provide community leaders and local planning groups with step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes Forums and Protecting Places of Worship Forums.