Civic engagement opportunities around policing and public safety are problematic, promising, and faced with many obstacles, but community members and public officials know they need each other to create communities where everyone feels safe.
In late 2015, community leaders in Columbus came together to develop a planning process to build trust and resilience against potential situations that could tear at the social fabric of the community. This proactive effort proved invaluable in 2020 when civil unrest emerged in cities throughout the country.
A strategy of people working with our governing institutions requires citizens who are seen, and who see themselves, as producers not just constituents and consumers. Americans don’t lack the ability to do it, but many of our institutions have little experience working with citizens as other than volunteers.