Police Training & Partnership

NYPI & NYPD

Communities in New York City and nationwide continue to face divisions on many fronts – including between civilians and police. Many civilians’ trust in law enforcement has eroded in recent years. Against this backdrop, New York Peace Institute and the New York Police Department – thanks to support from the JAMS Foundation – have found a path forward to build positive community-police relationships.

Our program represents the largest police-mediation initiative in our city’s history, possibly the largest of its kind nationwide. New York Peace Institute is working to transform civilian-police relations in New York City. We are honored to equip officers with tools to resolve conflicts peacefully and build relationships with civilians during this challenging time.

The NYPD sees mediation skills as critical and our trainings focus on

  • Learning the full mediation process. Many officers are conducting actual mediation sessions – some lasting an hour or longer — and yielding successful results.
  • Learning conflict resolution skills as “micro-interventions,” i.e. translating various mediation tactics into on-the-spot de-escalation techniques.
  • Raising awareness of mediation centers as resources for non-arrest disputes for NYPD officers, to prevent the escalation of conflicts into violence or arrest.

Trainings

Each year, we conduct 20 four-day trainings for more than 500 officers from 25 precincts and Police Service Areas (PSAs) representing all five boroughs of New York City — Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.

Our training is among the highest-rated learning experiences in the Department’s history, with a more than 90% approval. The trainings have been nearly unanimously rated as “excellent” and a number of themes have emerged, including:

  • A strong belief that the skills will improve officers’ ability to relate to civilians.
  • Appreciation that NCOs have new tools to handle difficult conversations without making arrests or taking other drastic actions.
  • Enhanced skills to build community relations, including in their community meetings.
  • Ability of officers to reduce arrests, through using mediation skills to de-escalate conflicts.
  • An increase in voluntary compliance of civilians who may be arrested or questioned, thus avoiding difficult or even violent interactions.

Of all the trainings I’ve taken in 17 years at the NYPD, this is the only one I use every day.”

NYPD OFFICER

Every cop should take this training.”

NYPD OFFICER

Of all the trainings I’ve taken in 17 years at the NYPD, this is the only one I use every day.”

NYPD OFFICER

The four days of training has changed the way I have conversations with people — listening and reflecting what they say.”

NYPD OFFICER