Trust. Relationships. Understanding.
The Tacoma Police Department is committed to community policing. To help us better serve our neighbors, we asked the community how we could better serve them and asked for their help to prioritize our proposed action items to better meet the their needs and provide for safe neighborhoods for all residents.
The proposed action items were developed from data collected during the five Project PEACE Community Conversations that occurred in the fall and were initially presented on Feb. 8 by Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell at a culminating event.
Beginning now through the next biennium we will focus on six key pillars to create safer neighborhoods and more engaged community policing practices in our community.
PILLAR 1 - BUILD TRUST AND LEGITIMACY
Become more accessible, open, approachable, and transparent with all segments of our community
PILLAR 2: IMPROVE POLICY AND OVERSIGHT
Implement a body worn camera program
PILLAR 3 – SOCIAL MEDIA
Greater use of social media to engage the community and help solve crimes
PILLAR 4 - COMMUNITY POLICING AND CRIME REDUCTION
Greater collaboration between TPD and citizens
PILLAR 5 - ENHANCE TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Increase officer awareness on institutional racism/implicit bias/cultural competency and de-escalation. Mental health trauma and crisis training
PILLAR 6 - OFFICER WELLNESS AND SAFETY
The wellness and safety of our officers is critical not only to themselves, their co-workers, and the department but also to public safety
Learn more about our process and findings
The City partnered with the University of Puget Sound to compile the community responses and prepare a written analysis of the community’s feedback. The report is available for download.
If you were unable to attend the culminating event, watch our video and hear from community members about the impact of the Project PEACE conversations.
Project PEACE (Partnering for Equity And Community Engagement)
Project PEACE was launched in September 2015 after local community leaders community met with the City Manager, Tacoma Police Chief, Mayor and the Tacoma News Tribune about concerns that the incidents in Ferguson and Baltimore could happen in Tacoma.
The City Manager, Police Chief and Mayor made a commitment to proactively address historical and present day feelings in the community of distrust, anger and grief to build trust and improve community and police relations.