What Works in Police-Community Engagement: A Partnerships with NYU Policing Project and the National Urban League

Project Purpose/Goal

The New York University (NYU) Policing Project, working in partnership with the National Urban League and the National Police Foundation, is conducting a two-year study of existing police-community engagement efforts to develop a set of models and best practices for jurisdictions of various sizes. National Police Foundation staff have worked with the Policing Project staff to conduct site visits to examine promising law enforcement strategies to engage the community in policy development in five cities: Grand Rapids, Michigan; Austin, Texas; Stockton, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; and, Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Study Method

The National Police Foundation is using its extensive experience in law enforcement research and police-community engagement to support this collaborative effort. The National Police Foundation has been involved throughout the process, including providing support on the survey, interview and selection of police agencies for site visits. National Police Foundation staff have traveled to each site along with Policing Project staff to conduct field research, meeting with law enforcement and community partners and observing their engagements.

Funding & Collaboration

The National Police Foundation’s support of the Police-Community Engagement Study at the Policing Project at NYU School of Law is funded by the Koch Foundation. For more, see What Works in Police Community Engagement?

Points of Contact

Rebecca Benson
Senior Project Associate
(202) 833-1460

Blake Norton
Senior Vice President
(202) 833-1460


Technical assistance; community engagement; community policing; policing project; national urban league