August 2015, the 5oth anniversary of the Watts riots, marked the start of what we believed would be a year-long series of dialogue sessions between community members and law enforcement. It is now 2019 and demand for Days of Dialogue on the Future of Policing shows no sign of abating. We are committed to serving the community, working to transform relationships and generate more peaceful outcomes, one dialogue at a time.
When tensions rise due to increased awareness of violent interactions between law enforcement and people of color, dialogue may serve to build bridges between a wide swath of community members, law enforcement, institutional and academic leaders, faith based institutions, and public safety organizations.
Each report consists of pre and post dialogue survey responses, photos, and participants’ comments. Respondents typically report that the dialogue process is constructive. In the safe spaces that we create, our attendees engage openly, and they candidly relay diverse perspectives. Frequently, after showing up and participating in a single committed dialogue, the majority of participants- whether community members or law enforcement- report that they are able to see issues in a whole new light.
In addition to the Future of Policing, reports from other dialogues on different topics will be posted here as well.
October 25, Dialogue Report
Host: ILM Foundation, LAPD CID