ICMA managers and others share ideas on how best to keep protests from turning violent--part of a series of resources on building resilient communities in times of disruptive change.
26 October 2016
With major protests disrupting communities on issues ranging from police shootings to pipelines, local governments are searching for ways to balance community safety with protecting the free speech rights of protesters. Public safety and local government leaders say some of the fundamental approaches that have been in place for several decades are still effective today. Here are eight best practices:
Obviously this is not an exhaustive list and even communities that have put best practices in place and have excellent community/police relations experience violent demonstrations. Here are some additional resources that might be helpful.
Engaging the Community in Public Safety
Preserving Commuinty Policing in a Recession
Policing Immigrant Communities
ICMA White Paper on ICMA Summit on Police and Community Relations
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