Friday, September 08, 2006

Police Station Visitors Week

I received an email from the Vera Institute of Justice promoting "Police Station Visitors Week" later this fall:
Vera is a founding member of a global alliance of six NGOs and academic centers called Altus , which you can read about at www.altus.org. We are preparing for Altus Police Station Visitors Week, which will run internationally from October 29 through November 4, 2006 . This project oversees planned visits between Police Departments and community members to promote dialogue and mutual understanding of community concerns and police actions. During the week of the project, a global map on the Altus website will allow participants to track where these visits have been made. Those stations with exceptionally high ratings will be honored and their best practices will be shared internationally. However, there will be no individual ranking of police stations. Please read more about this project on the ... Altus website: www.altus.org/policevisit. You can also read more about Vera at www.vera.org.
This is an interesting idea and would make a good project, it seems to me, for local chapters of groups like ACLU, NAACP, LULAC and other civil rights organizations.

UPDATE: A commenter asked for more information on how to get involved, so I emailed Amanda Andrews at the Vera Institute who sent this addendum to what's on the website:
Yes, there is a questionnaire to collect data on the stations. I can send you more information about the actual Kit, which contains 20 questions divided into 5 catagories, These questions and catagories are related to international human rights principles. If you would like the media kit that is being sent to police departments and community groups, which contains 5 sample questions, send me a mailing address and I'll send that information on its way. The actual kit will not be available until immediately before the week of Oct. 29.

Feel free to post my contact information- aandrews@vera.org, 212-376-3094. Any one who would like to participate should contact me first to get more information about the project and to find out what departments in their area are participating. If no stations are participating, we can work together to build that relationship. If there is a station participating, I will send them the contact information for the designated police department official. The community member can then contact that officer to set up their visit. When I get the final "yes" from any Texas stations, I will let you know.
So there you have it - get in touch with Amanda if you'd like to be involved.

3 comments:

800 pound gorilla said...

Actually there is a "Police Station Visitors Kit" that contains a questionaire. The piece furnished few details about how this works. I know that our police tend to be public relations oriented and work in a medium high crime area [there are a significant number of people living in poverty].

They are not averse to hysterical rants about "drug scourges" and lying to the schools and public about drugs - but they are just trying to "fit in" with other law enforcement people. Besides, thanks to their long history of lying about drugs through the recently discontinued DARE program, their is still a substantial number of people who want them to lie to the kids. Despite this, they have a rather low rating from a clear majority of people in the community. It's just that they really don't matter now do they? Some people are just oriented towards anti authoritarianism anyway.

Rusty said...

800 pound gorilla,

WELL SAID! I would disagree on one point, I personal believe they do matter. The lose of respect and trust for MOST of those in law enforcement comes from the abuse of power and loss of rights due to the failure known as the war on drugs!

"""" Some people are just oriented towards anti authoritarianism anyway. """

Yep, those that value their FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS! Those that believe law enforcement is STILL protect and serve " NOT " abuse and terrorize!

Rusty White
Speaker www.leap.cc

Jobs in Criminal Justice said...

I really like the goal of this Police Station Visitors Week, it is to promote dialogue and mutual understanding of community concerns and police actions. Well that is a bright idea.