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

Project Summary 

The New York University (NYU) Policing Project, working in partnership with the National Urban League and the National Police Foundation, is conducting a study of existing police-community engagement efforts to develop a set of models and best practices for jurisdictions of various sizes. NPF 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. NPF staff also supported an intensive convening that included these sites as well as community and public safety leaders, activists, elected officials and inspectors general from across the country.



NPF is using its extensive experience in law enforcement research and police-community engagement to support this collaborative effort. NPF has been involved throughout the process, including providing support on the survey, selection of and visits to engagement communities, and coordination of the engagement convening. NPF continues work with the Policing Project to collect, organize, and develop resources for communities and public safety agencies to effectively engage.



Beyond the Conversation


Funding & Collaboration

NPF’s support of the Police-Community Engagement Study at the Policing Project at NYU School of Law is funded by Latham and Watkins.


Points of Contact

Rebecca Benson
Senior Project Associate
National Police Foundation

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Local Programs
National Police Foundation



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