In May 2015, several leaders in the African American Community met with City leadership and The News Tribune to discuss concerns that the unrest that occurred in Baltimore and Ferguson could happen in Tacoma. City leadership committed to proactively addressing historical and present day sources of community distrust and concerns about inequity and racism in the Criminal Justice System. Project PEACE, Partnering for Equity and Community Engagement, arose out of those discussions.
City leadership convened a planning committee of diverse members to guide the work. The mission of Project PEACE is to build a foundation of trust between historically marginalized communities and law enforcement. Project PEACE was both a dialogue to understand the issues and a research project to inform Tacoma Police Department’s Strategic Planning Process.
Some of the Project’s aims include:
- Fostering relationships between the Police Department and local community
- Providing transparency about policing processes and practices, and about ways of engaging the public
- Allowing the public to provide feedback to be considered during the Tacoma Police Department Strategic Planning Process
Read the full Project PEACE report