Building authentic partnerships between the community and police This is a moment of hope This is not a moment of waiting to see what somebody’s going to do to you or waiting to see what somebody’s going to say or make you do — we have control over that And so when we have control over something, it’s very important that we understand the sort of environment and groundwork in which we’re working So, I wear multiple hats — police officer, social activist, social scienctist And so I’m going to sort of mix all those things together and just briefly tell you this. So the current state for us in policing is one of confusion, denial, hope… fear, and just plain lost for some people. That’s the reality of it. We thought we knew community through community partnerships, but we’ve come to find out that those partnerships weren’t authentic. They were transactional. Right, when something happened I picked up the phone, I called the ministerial alliance. I said “Get over here, let me tell you what happened so you can go back out and be the messenger to the community.” The community itself is not trusting of the group I sent back and how do we define “community”? Who’s at the table? Who’s included? We talk about inclusiveness, we talk about the same old partners. But we don’t talk about who’s really being harmed and who’s on the ground. And what that means is that what we’re dealing with is issues of power – right? Who holds the power? And so when we talk about authentic partnerships, one of the things that we’re going to have to make sure is that they’re inclusive and when I mean inclusive, for those of you who may or may not be law enforcement in the room…that means you don’t go back to the same old partners you had 20 years ago expecting something different, you don’t have them at the table talking about young folks and there’s no young folks at the table and expect that you’re going to get some solutions. That’s not a partnership — that’s the old guard feeling safety and hanging on to what was happening So when we do that then, we can talk about power and we can talk about what is power and how does power begins to shift when we talk about the co-production of public safety This is not justice…I have to remind people let’s not confuse the two, okay? Co-production of public safety — what does that mean and what does that look like? What kind of officers do you want? What about community accountability? What about community services pushed down so far on the ground that when Tracy does shoplift she’s not getting a ticket or going to jail. I’ve got a mediator showing up to my call who says “What do you want to have happen?” “She needs to do some community service in my store. We’re good.” That’s what I’m talking about…Right? And so when we talk about co-production of public safety, we also talk about action. You can no longer carry the burden on your own and that means you have to have everybody at the table. For folks who’ve been doing this for a very, very long time, we know what the problems are — we don’t need to analyze this any further. What we need is action…Right? We need some action. So let’s do some action.