How to Support Trust Building in Your Agency

Police Perspectives: Building Trust in a Diverse Nation - No. 3 How to Support Trust Building in Your Agency


Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)


Caitlin Gokey, Susan Shah

Recognizing the vital importance of trust to community cooperation, public safety, and national security, the Vera Institute of Justice worked with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to research and write this three-part series, which provides practical, field-informed guidance for creating positive, productive relations with all members of our multi-racial, multi-ethnic American population. This guide is a resource for agency leaders who want to build trust with the diverse communities they serve by adopting community policing practices and transforming their organizations. It provides practical strategies for diversifying their workforce, implementing and promoting community policing principles, and training officers in bias-free, culturally aware policing.

You can access this resource online here.