Request for Proposals

Due: November 21, 2017, 11:59 PM ET


Police Enhancing Accountability through Community Engagement (PEACE) Initiative


The Vera Institute of Justice is soliciting applications from local police departments interested in engaging in a participatory police-community policy development process. Through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process, Vera will provide TA to selected jurisdictions, leading the facilitation of collaborative police-community policy development forums, and will assist the department with initial policy implementation efforts. Download the full RFP.

The PEACE Initiative

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.

Through the national Police Enhancing Accountability through Community Engagement (PEACE) Initiative, Vera seeks to harness this energy by working with police and communities and to drive collaborative police reforms locally. This ambitious new initiative will not only make communities safer, but will strengthen police-community relationships and build a foundation for future collaboration. 

This model was successfully piloted in Asheville, NC. There, after an officer-involved shooting, Vera engaged members of the police department and community members from the Racial Justice Coalition, the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and numerous other groups to update the department’s use-of-force policy to include a de-escalation component. Through this intensive, collaborative process, officers and police executives became more aware of the issues concerning community members, and community members became more aware of the concerns of the police. Additional information on the Asheville experience can be found here: https://youtu.be/8Zk_pfZskZk.

The Opportunity

Through the PEACE Initiative, Vera will work intensively with a number of jurisdictions, facilitating local police-community forums and furthering the concrete goal of shaping policing policies – on critical topics such as use of force and policing in schools – in a way that is genuinely and fundamentally community-informed. These closed-door forums will be structured conversations facilitated by trained facilitators from Vera, and will include 20-25 police and community members invited to engage in this process. Vera will work with selected police departments to determine the appropriate list of invitees. Finally, Vera will use its communications capacity to amplify the work of these places and people, lifting them up as exemplars of what we can and should expect from America’s police.

How to Apply

The solicitation period for the PEACE Initiative RFP is October 16, 2017 – November 21, 2017. Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET, November 21, 2017. Applicants should submit their proposals online through the portal accessed here: https://goo.gl/forms/oSFnXqNtiyWpxULT2. All relevant RFP details can be found on this portal. For questions related to this RFP, please email PEACEinitiative@vera.org not later than 11:59 PM ET on October 27, 2017. The subject line for emailed questions should be “PEACE Initiative Question.”

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