In partnership with the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, the Task Force is conducting more than two dozen assessments of proposed policing reforms. Each policy assessment provides an overview of the state and extent of the evidence on each topic and the expected impact of each reform on public safety, misuse of force, police-community relations, racial disparities, and officer safety.
Task Force members are examining measures focused on preventing excessive use of force, reducing racial biases, increasing accountability, and improving the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
This section describes key research findings on policies relating to police use of force and increased accountability.
The Task Force recommends the prohibition of all types of neck restraints, which can cause serious harm to individuals and police legitimacy.
The Task Force recommends policies requiring officers to intervene upon witnessing excessive force and to report other misconduct and proscribed behaviors.
The Task Force recommends that jurisdictions prohibit or severely restrict no-knock and quick-knock warrants, which can pose harm to occupants and officers.
The Task Force recommends national training and certification standards to ensure that all police officers learn the full range of skills and concepts necessary to provide equitable, respectful, and effective public safety services.
The Task Force recommends that jurisdictions implement de-escalation training and fully integrate it into all aspects of the curriculum.
The Task Force recommends that police agencies train officers in communications skills that promote respectful, transparent, and equitable interactions with community members.
While implicit bias training for police may improve officers’ awareness of biases, the Task Force found no evidence that implicit bias training reduces racially disparate policing.
Law Enforcement Training
This section describes key research findings on police training content and modalities and highlights the evidence on de-escalation, procedural justice, and implicit bias trainings.
Accountability and Police Oversight
This section describes key research findings on policies relating to police oversight bodies and accountability measures.
The Task Force recommends the establishment of clearer and more objective legal definitions of excessive and deadly use of force and supports the expansion of federal pattern-or-practice investigations and collaborative reform efforts.
The Task Force recommends national decertification standards and a national database of decertified officers to bar those who are unfit for duty from continued service.
The Task Force recommends the use of body-worn cameras as part of a department's overall accountability infrastructure. Body camera video review also should be used in investigations, training, and supervision activities.
The Task Force concluded that civilian oversight boards rarely fulfill their stated missions owing to structural flaws that are difficult to remedy. Alternative models of police oversight may be more effective in holding officers and agencies accountable.
The Task Force recommends revisions to qualified and sovereign immunity to enable more victims of police violence to have their cases heard, enhance local governmental accountability for officers who engage in misconduct, and ensure successful plaintiffs recover damages.
The Task Force recommends recruitment and retention practices that increase the pool of diverse and qualified applicants and minimize factors that lead to attrition.
The Task Force recommends agency investment in officer wellness programs, including those that address mental health issues, trauma, and the underlying culture that stigmatizes officer help-seeking.
The Task Force recommends agencies employ statistical-based early intervention systems to ensure officers receive the supports and supervisory corrections needed to prevent adverse events.
Internal Police Functions
This section describes key research findings on departmental recruitment and retention efforts, officer wellness, and internal management systems.
Offloading Police Roles
This section describes key research findings on co-responder models and measures to offload police functions.
In order to inform what functions may be safely offloaded to other actors and entities, the Task Force recommends more research on how officers currently spend their time, along with more rigorous evaluations of co-responder, mobile crisis, community-led safety, and civilian traffic enforcement models.