The Force-Trust Relationship

Unknown-4On this day, we celebrate our nation’s independence from tyranny and injustice and our right to live togetherness in freedom and in peace.

In a society that such as ours that values justice and personal freedom as much as we do, trust of police is not just an add-on, it’s a necessity.

It is a necessity because police cannot effectively fulfill their duties, cannot protect our communities unless we trust them. From that trust can come support, and, yes, information from us about who’s responsible for crime and disorder in our neighborhoods; who’s dangerous and who’s not.

But there’s more to trusting police, their very safety depends depends on them being trusted by us. That’s the way it goes.

And the best way for police to re-build trust in their communities is for them to be able to use the least amount of force or coercion in carrying out their duties.

That’s why I have been focusing on the need for our police to be excellent de-escalators and, when force must be used to contain a situation or make an arrest, they have developed an array of less-than-deadly responses. It only makes sense.

And why can’t we incorporate the European Union standard for police use of force — only when it of an “absolute necessity”?