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Changes in Community-Police Relationships in New Orleans

Monday, February 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brennan Frazier
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Lou Furman of Community Mediation Services in New Orleans, LA has been working with New Orleans communities and the New Orleans Police Department to build bridges that lead to new and enhanced relationships between communities and the police departments that serve them. These efforts were guided by their participation in the NAFCM & JAMS Learning Community focusing on these issues, and we now have an update on how their efforts have influenced community relationships with police.


Community Mediation Services facilitated dialogues between 5th grade students and NOPD officers (pictured below) where the two groups could discuss questions and concern. The process helps participants know one another better and in a different environment than they might encounter elsewhere.


Even with time restraints (most sessions lasted around an hour), survey results after the process had completed, compared to before the process, suggest positive developments in how community members feel about law enforcement. The survey questions and corresponding change post-conversation were:

  • I feel comfortable in a room with police officers. +9%
  • I believe police are on my side. +13%
  • I respect the job police do. +3%
  • I feel safe with police around. +20%
  • I think police respect me. +20%
  • I believe police treat black people equal to the other people. +31%
  • I think police understand me. +15%

New Orleans Police Officers with 5th Grade Students

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