Increased national attention on policing in America, as well as national calls for police reform, have pushed many law enforcement executives to examine current police practices, and assess how effectively those practices contribute to ensuring public safety, officer safety, and building public trust in local police agencies. It is essential for police agencies to seize on opportunities that will work to enhance or repair police-community relations, and cultivate trust between all stakeholders. Similarly, community members need effective, constructive avenues to contribute to tangible police reforms, and engage more holistically in local public safety efforts.

With the PEACE Initiative, Vera seeks to harness this energy by partnering with police and communities to drive collaborative police policy reforms locally. This ambitious initiative will not only make communities safer, but will strengthen police-community relationships and build a foundation for future collaboration.