Re-imagining Public Safety
At CCA, we imagine a strong partnership between the police force and residents. This partnership is characterized by transparency, respect, direct collaboration, and recognition that the community should have an active voice in policing policies, oversight, and budgetary and operational effectiveness.
We refer to our perspective as "re-imagining public safety" because we believe there are positive ways to pursue constructive change in how policing is conducted in Concord. There are challenges to grapple with: the police budget takes up 60% of the entire city budget, more transparency and better data reporting are essential to a constructive partnership, and we believe that there should be resident oversight commission - a dynamic forum where residents and law enforcement can tackle complex issues together.
Community Policing Approach
We are oriented towards the grassroots, and so we believe in community policing. Community policing is, in essence, a collaboration between the police and the community that identifies and solves community problems. All members of the community become active allies in the effort to enhance the safety and quality of neighborhoods - the police are no longer the sole guardians of law and order. We recognize this prompts profound changes in both public engagement and the police organization, but we believe such changes will be healthy for Concord.
Mobilizing community members is part of what we do, and so we believe this is an effective way to organize resources and to enhance the quality of life for all concerned: community members voice their concerns, contribute advice, and take action to address these concerns. All in a collaborative partnership with professional law enforcement.
CCA has an action team which focuses on policing issues - meetings of this action team will be posted on our calendar. And please read our posts on this topic below.