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.
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: