In cities as different and diverse as Camden, New Jersey and Seattle, police have worked with communities to improve relationships, discipline bad actors, and—most importantly—reduce crime. There’s no contradiction. A city where officers and citizens can work together is one where there’s goodwill. Incidents still happen, but they’re mediated by pre-existing relationships and open lines of communication.
PARC's Executive Director, Merrick Bobb, serves as the federal-court-appointed independent monitor overseeing the Seattle Police Department's compliance with a DOJ consent decree addressing excessive force and concerns about discriminatory policing practices.
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