National Police Foundation to Serve As Research Partner to Assess Implementation of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing Recommendations

May 12, 2020—The National Police Foundation (NPF) will serve as the research partner for a new project that will assess implementation of the Task Force recommendations since they were published five years ago this month. The consulting firm 21CP Solutions will lead the overall project. 21CP Solutions brings a diverse, seasoned group of professionals who have transformed agencies from inside and outside, strengthening the health of organizations and community relationships. 21CP Solutions helps departments and organizations provide for public safety and promote community well-being through real-world, strategic approaches.

The purpose of the project is to evaluate the impact and diffusion of the recommendations and strategies identified and shared by the Task Force, and to lay the groundwork for further adoption and refinement. As part of this project, staff will assess to what extent the tenants of the Task Force have impacted law enforcement and the communities they serve; identify the extent to which the recommendations have been and are being implemented by local police agencies and communities; identify how and if the recommendations are being implemented by federal entities; identify examples of agencies using the report to advance community policing; identify gaps, barriers and opportunities to increasing full adoption by local, state and tribal law enforcement agencies; and to develop recommendations on next steps for agencies and communities nationwide to continue implementing and building on the Task Force’s recommendations during the next five years.

The project, which has been funded by the Joyce Foundation, is expected to be completed in late 2020. NPF will be conducting numerous interviews, a literature scan to evaluate diffusion, incorporating case studies, and distributing a survey to better ascertain if the concepts of the Task Force have taken hold in the field of law enforcement, the contributing factors to successful implementation, or barriers that agencies have encountered in their efforts to implement these recommendations. NPF welcomes the opportunity to hear from any agency about its efforts to implement one or more of the recommendations as well as any challenges or decisions to not implement one or more of the recommendations. Email your agency’s feedback to info@policefoundation.org.

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