Police-Community Relations

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We all love our children and want our community to be safe. We have seen tragedy in our communities and want that to end. We all want law enforcement to be fair. And we a want police to be able to do their job in a manner that is safe for them and the community. Let’s start with this as a given. Over the last year, policing has become a major point of discussion as violence crossing racial lines has provoked racial tensions. Too often, the conversation remains paralyzed in fear or anger - with people unable to share deeply considered feelings and perspectives. We're hoping these materials may contribute to a thoughtful exploration on this question.


Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here

A Living Room Conversation is designed to flow through 6 rounds; 5 rounds with questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?
• What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core Values
Answer one or more of the following:
• What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
• What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
• What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?

Round Three: Police-Community Relations
Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer one or more of the following questions:
• What has been your personal response to instances of police-citizen shootings recently, if any?
• What do you think is contributing to the police-citizen shootings right now?
• What role, if any, do you see racism playing in our current attention to law enforcement?
• What do you expect from law enforcement?
• What should communities do to support law enforcement?
• When you watch a video of an arrest, what do you think is happening?
• What will it take for trust to grow between police and local communities?

Round Four: Reflection
Answer one or more of the following questions:
• In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
• What learning, new understanding or appreciations do you have about the topic area selected?
• Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps
Answer both of the following questions:
• What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
• Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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