The Policing Project is dedicated to strengthening policing through democratic governance.

Policing agencies play a vital role in ensuring a safe and secure society. To see that they function effectively, we must, and do, grant them vast powers. We allow police to restrict people’s freedom of movement, take them into custody, search their person and their property, and engage in surveillance. But these powers are not granted lightly: it is widely recognized that if used wrongly they can imperil the very society that policing officials are pledged to protect.

We believe it is essential to maximize the effectiveness of policing, and minimize the risks, by applying time-honored techniques of democratic governance.

In November of 2015, with the assistance of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, law enforcement leaders gathered in New York to discuss the agenda of the Policing Project.  The result was a Statement of Democratic Policing Principles to which they all signed on, which aptly summarizes much of our work.

For a quick summary of the Policing Project's mission, click here for the PDF. 

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Policing Project

NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Twitter: @policingproject
(212) 992-6950