Police and Community Interaction

Police and Community Interaction

Training, Hiring, Relationships, and trust

What follows are the “raw notes” from the forum “Hope, Opportunity, & Race,” held at the Chase Riverfront Center on Nov. 14., organized by the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow. Captured by meeting facilitators, they represent ideas discussed at five action-oriented workshops held during the forum.  These notes are not definitive and do not represent the position of the Coalition, but rather reflect the unmediated concerns and ideas of participants in the forum.

In the weeks following the forum, these action items will be evaluated, sifted, sorted, and assigned to existing Action Committees. In some cases, new working groups will be formed to address issues not already covered by the Coalition’s existing structure. They will be further refined at the Coalition’s open public meeting on December 7 at Hanover Presbyterian Church.

Check the Coalition’s meeting schedule and join the conversation in person.  Your comments are also welcome at feedback@endnewjimcrow.org. 


  1. Police Training:
  • Recognize mental health issues
  • Uncover racist and prejudicial assumption
  • Improve cultural sensitivity
  • Provide diversity training.
  • Training to use human emotional skills to solving issues and reduce excessive reliance on firearms.
  1. Hiring practices, management and reward structure
  • Hire a diverse workforce reflecting the community they serve
  • Psychometric testing at hiring and promotions for empathy and community service values.
  • Demilitarize police and eliminate profit motive from policing such as citation and fines
  • Recognition and reward off-duty engagement with community
  • Make community engagement and relationship building a criterion for promotions and advancement
  • Provide a healthy work environment for police e.g. single shifts, body cameras.
  • Re-evaluate concepts such as “imminent danger” that pre-dispose police to reach their guns .
  1. Community police relationship and trust building
  • Police and supervising officers should live in the community they serve; in Wilmington if serving in the city.
  • Civilian citizen review board
  • Police explorer programs for HS students
  • Review and implement DOJ and Strategies Commission recommendations
  • After defining neighborhood policing, implement neighborhood watch, diversity training and staff mentoring throughout career.
  • To build trust, give cultural diversity and unconscious bias training
  • Develop community relationships: have officers assigned to communities, get to know the people on your beat, reside in the community/ city. (Like the British bobbies)