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Police Professional Responsibility as an Organizational Practice

Recent events have focused attention on police reform and led to public demands to “rethink” how police services are provided. The enormous amount of attention focused on restraint techniques, qualified immunity, de-escalation training, impartial policing, and social justice belies a fix to a more complex and interlocking reality for law enforcement administrators.

Before police leaders can tackle the Goliath call for reform, they must first know what the community wants and expects from them and understand how those expectations align with the culture and practice of their organizations. There will not be a one-size-fits-all solution; rather, individual agencies will need to look inward and examine what is working, what is not working, and what is needed to meet their specific reform challenges.

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