Reconstructing the public safety system

Creating a Culture of Transparency

Our leaders are challenging the racist roots of police culture within our society. Through the Bring the H.E.A.T. campaign with statewide partners we know we can shift the culture of our police departments to one of transparency and accountability.

Bring the H.E.A.T. is an organized intervention to protect the basic health, safety, and well-being of all people by demanding a series of immediate and sweeping changes to the current policing system in the United States, which is a violent and repressive force that threatens rather than protects the safety of Black people and other marginalized groups.

We are far beyond the point that minor reforms can adequately fix this problem. We need to completely abolish the system of policing and mass incarceration in this country in favor of a new public safety system. In the interim, we are advancing a framework to defund the police and reconstruct the remaining systems of the department while establishing new, community-led public safety systems for the future.

OUR H.E.A.T. FRAMEWORK

Bring the H.E.A.T. is an organized intervention to protect the basic health, safety, and well-being of all people by demanding a series of immediate and sweeping changes to the current policing system in the United States, which is a violent and repressive force that threatens rather than protects the safety of Black people and other marginalized groups.

We are far beyond the point that minor reforms can adequately fix this problem. We need to completely abolish the system of policing and mass incarceration in this country in favor of a new public safety system. In the interim, we are advancing a framework to defund the police and reconstruct the remaining systems of the department while establishing new, community-led public safety systems for the future.

Through “bringing the H.E.A.T.”, we will convene partnership spaces around the topics of hiring, equipment, accountability, and training; finding mutual opportunities to advance the narrative of public safety.

HIRING (THE WHO)

Various communities are seeking public safety servants who are best positioned to understand and be responsive to the diversity that many of our neighborhoods reflect. Far gone are the days where a monolithic group is expected to be successful in culturally competent service that is constitutional and experienced as legitimate by the public. We believe we are at a moment when we need to consider, together, how our hiring practices around public safety need to be rebooted out of strategic partnership of community voice and those currently sworn to protect them.

EQUIPMENT (THE HOW)

The procedures and tactics used to provide public safety have an opportunity to be reimagined with a commitment to ensuring that personal security is provided for all in ways that don’t dehumanize or terrorize the public. We believe these two goals are not mutually exclusive but can be reached in partnership as we demilitarize our public safety experience and elevate the use of best practices to reduce community harm and officer injury. Because trust is central to building a relationship, a shared understanding around what produces safety and provides security is inescapable.

ACCOUNTABILITY (THE WHY)

Trust is achievable when we, as a shared community, can expect transparency in our relationship. Determining, on local levels, how transparency can be implemented in practice will create a much needed culture to move the conversation forward. We believe that determining the necessary mechanisms for ensuring neutrality and transparency are core to pioneering a new narrative around community to public safety system relationship.

TRAINING (THE WHAT)

Community members have a valid perspective on what the public safety system should know about providing their service to them. Procedural Justice focuses on respect, fairness, listening, and building trust as pathways to public safety officials to be seen as legitimate with communities who have a historical reason to mistrust. This concept, along with other educational tools, should serve as opportunities to discover the kinds of trainings the public safety system is currently using and what new ideas we should all be considering to serve an ever-changing public narrative. We believe that providing better education about practice and each other’s stories will empower a different relationship over time.

Our Goals

  • To create a culture of transparency between the police & community
Pastor Kelvin Ward

Pastor Kelvin Ward

Organizer

kelvin@icucpico.com

Adam Wedeking

Adam Wedeking

Clergy Organizer

Riverside
adam@icucpico.com

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