Law Enforcement and Justice Communications-President’s Task Force on Policing


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The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was created to improve the delivery of law enforcement services while building community trust. A basic tenet of the report is improved communications; what can police agencies (and the entire justice system) do to build trust and legitimacy?

Selected quotes from the report:

“Research demonstrates that these principles lead to relationships in which the community trusts that officers are honest, unbiased, benevolent, and lawful. The community therefore feels obligated to follow the law and the dictates of legal authorities and is more willing to cooperate with and engage those authorities because it believes that it shares a common set of interests and values with the police.”

“Implementing new technologies can give police departments an opportunity to fully engage and educate communities in a dialogue about their expectations for transparency, accountability, and privacy.”

“Another technology relatively new to law enforcement is social media. Social media is a communication tool the police can use to engage the community on issues of importance to both and to gauge community sentiment regarding agency policies and practices.”

What are the implications of the development of a justice-based digital communications strategy? Are we within the justice system capable of effective digital interaction and measurement efforts? Are there institutions that can assist?

Answering these questions are Ted Gest, Washington Bureau Chief of “The Crime Report,” a daily summation of crime news plus original reporting and Deborah Wenger, Director of Undergraduate Journalism and Associate Professor, Meek School of Journalism, University of Mississippi.

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The previous show onThe President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing is available at

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