PARC helps law enforcement agencies solve problems by incorporating best practices, managing risks, using data-driven management, and providing services with greater efficiency and accountability.
PARC can help police leaders, jail administrators, community and civil rights groups, oversight professionals, city and county officials, and business owners to:
Identify Strategies for Avoiding Federal and State "Pattern or Practice" Inquiries. PARC has served as independent monitors to jurisdictions across the U.S. We know what strategies and internal innovations can address the concerns that give rise to investigations of law enforcement agencies.
Implement Management & Operational Strategies That Promote Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability. PARC knows that effective and efficient policing is constitutional and accountable policing. We work with law enforcement agencies to provide management and operational strategies – rooted in best practices and the experiences of other law enforcement agencies – that work for officers, management, and the community.
Evaluate Critical Incidents and Devise Strategies for Future Improvement. PARC is routinely called to evaluate use of force incidents, internal police investigations, and the handling of citizen's complaints. PARC's analyses are fair and rigorous – and result in real-world, pragmatic recommendations for addressing trends and issues.
Implement and Review Early Intervention or Warning Systems. Many law enforcement agencies have systems for identifying officer performance trends so that training, counseling, or some other intervention can be provided. PARC conducted a pioneering systemic assessment of the LASD's systems, and its consultants have assisted in the implementation of several intervention and warning systems across the country. We know the major off-the-shelf software in the area – and can help agencies get the most of their investments.
Change & Track the Police-Community Relationship. "Community policing" is often referenced as the goal of a police department's relationship with the community, but the specifics of such a strategy remain vague and imprecise. PARC helps agencies devise methods and strategies for comprehensively implementing community policing strategies – and rigorously measuring and tracking success.
Implement Data-Driven Management. Like countless other professions, law enforcement is increasingly data-driven. Management decisions must be made based on rigorous analysis of detailed data, not a gut feeling or intuition. PARC helps agencies get rid of manual, paper-based processes in favor of dynamic, data-driven management.
Assess & Strengthen Civilian Oversight. PARC's Executive Director served as the first, full-time independent police monitor in the U.S. Several jurisdictions have asked PARC to review its form of civilian oversight and make recommendations for improvement.
Assess Risks of Discriminatory Policing & Disparate Impact. Whether as independent monitors for law enforcement agencies or as expert witnesses for parties in litigation, PARC conducts cutting-edge statistical analyses of law enforcement practices to determine if they are having disparate impact on certain communities – rooted in PARC's substantial knowledge of tactics and procedure.
Construct Risk Management Strategies. PARC conducts top-to-bottom reviews of police agencies to determine a department's exposure to litigation based on claims of excessive force, discrimination, improper supervision, and mistreatment or misconduct in jails. It develops procedures to learn from past lawsuits and for mitigating the size and scope of future lawsuits.
Conduct, Support, or Assisting in Compliance of Consent Decree and Settlements. PARC has engaged in all aspects of more formal monitoring of law enforcement agencies – as monitors, staff and subject-matter experts to monitoring teams, and as consultants called to assist police and city officials responsible for complying with terms of various agreements.
Provide Expert Services & Counsel to Business on Racial Profiling, False Arrest, and Other Operational Concerns. With businesses and private organizations increasingly turning to private security firms, PARC has partnered with corporations and businesses to assess policies and procedures – delivering real-world recommendations for maximizing safety, fairness, and efficiency.
Serve as Expert Witnesses on Police Tactics, Strategies, and Procedure. PARC's experience is called on by parties to litigation to provide detailed, real-world insight on policing and law enforcement issues – including use of force, stops and detentions, internal investigations and review procedures, and discriminatory policing concerns