Supervisory Program Specialist DoJ COPS Office, United States
Recently, increasing numbers of mass demonstrations have been about and directed toward law enforcement. Protests about the police require special consideration in determining and deploying appropriate public safety responses. The U.S. Department of Justice convened a series of meetings with law enforcement executives, community members, and other stakeholders to develop a resource guide for local law enforcement agencies on policing protests. This presentation will highlight recommendations focused on community policing principles and promising practices to better equip police for responding protests. Recommendations that lead to more successful outcomes, including freedom of democracy and speech, peaceful protests, and public and officer safety will be discussed.