Police Accountability and Alternatives

Everyone deserves a fair chance to live in a healthy, prosperous, and safe neighborhood. Yet too many police officers—tasked with protecting every community—treat neighborhoods populated by people of color as enemy territory and regard people of color in predominantly White neighborhoods as unwanted intruders. Youth of color who should be growing up in supportive environments are too often presumed to be criminals and subjected to violent police tactics that diminish public safety. For generations, communities of color have sought an end to the racial profiling, harassment, and violence perpetrated by law enforcement.

To support these communities, address these barriers, and advance just and equitable community safety across the country, PolicyLink partners with community leaders, activists, advocacy and legal organizations, elected officials, and others to design and implement innovative approaches to police accountability and support and scale community-led alternatives to current policing methods.

Through its Police Accountability and Alternatives effort, PolicyLink works to reduce the harm of policing by developing and advocating for policies that strengthen accountability structures while supporting grassroots efforts to build the infrastructure that will keep all communities healthy and safe. Our portfolio includes: