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Alternatives to Violence project

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You & Five-O is pleased to endorse AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) which teaches non-violent tools as a means to address personal and societal challenges. They offer experiential workshops that empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation and trust.

 

We believe that this philosophy enhances and aligns with the principles of compliance and owning your emotions that are taught in You & Five-O workshops. Not only will learning and applying AVP improve your ability to get through interactions with law enforcement so you can get home safely; but it will also reduce the need to involve law enforcement in domestic situations. If you can learn how to safely resolve conflicts in a non-violent way, then calling the police is no longer necessary.

polis solutions

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YFO is pleased to endorse Polis Solutions, which offers training to Police Departments across the country. We believe in developing the foundations of trust and respect between law enforcement and communities in order to make lasting change. YFO has spoken to over 3k people, and one of the top five concerns we consistently hear from the community is the lack of feeling respected by law enforcement. The value of showing respect and allowing community members to sustain their dignity during police interactions is paramount, especially when law enforcement is called to help them through a life crisis.

One of the many trainings Polis Solutions offers is called T3 - Tact, Tactics and Trust. Their primary goal is to teach officers to work toward getting voluntary compliance. The training affirms the rights and dignity of all persons, with the goal of allowing community members to maintain their dignity and respect during the interaction. This is done through experiential simulation training. This type of training supports our philosophy of understanding all persons involved in police interactions so you can build trust and respect for everyone.

*Seth Stoughton is on the Advisory Board for Polis Solutions - we have had him on our Podcast, and are a supporter of his book on police uses of force. So finding and supporting Polis Solutions was a natural fit for us."

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Excerpt from the Executive Summary: "In light of recent events that have exposed rifts in the relationships between local police and the communities they protect and serve, on December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The President charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust."

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This is the 21st Century Policing Blueprint, an interactive online portal to explore strategies and connect with resources to help with implementation. The IACP defines 21st Century Policing strategies as best practices designed to help agencies promote effective crime reduction while building public trust and safeguarding officer well-being.

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Written by Seth W. Stoughton, Jeffrey J. Noble and Geoffrey P. Albert

This book educates the reader on Constitutional and State laws that govern how a critical police encounter is viewed within the confines of those laws and case law. It takes a look at administrative standards, policy and procedures of a police agency, as well as community expectation standards while acknowledging communities are as diverse as are their views on policing. It helps the reader view the incident with insight on types of tactics and options for police during an encounter.

Seth Stoughton and Geoffrey Albert are both professors at the University of South Carolina, Seth is in the School of Law & Geoffrey in Criminology. Jeffrey Noble is a police consultant and expert in the use of force, police tactics, etc.

Seth’s Interview with Trevor Noah

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The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution’s Working Group and Toolkit on the Prosecutor’s Role in Addressing Officer-Involved Fatalities. The IIP at John Jay College of Criminal Justice provides a collaborative national platform that brings together prosecutors, policy experts, and the communities they serve to promote data-driven strategies, cutting-edge scholarship, and innovative thinking. This toolkit's working group was led by those who have lost loved ones to police violence along with prosecutors and police chiefs. The mothers of Anthony Baez (1999), Sean Bell (2006), Eric Garner (2014), Philando Castile (2016), Amadou Diallo (1999) and others were at the table helping develop this tool for change.

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This is a project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. The site’s North Carolina platform was launched in December 2015. The North Carolina development team consisted of attorney Ian Mance of the Southern Coalition and volunteer developers Colin Copeland, Andy Shapiro, and Dylan Young, all of Durham, NC. The Maryland and Illinois platforms were launched in October 2016 and were developed by Southern Coalition and Caktus Group, with generous support from the Open Society Foundations’ Democracy Fund.

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The first impact report submitted to the Commission examines the consequences of recent stay-at-home orders and mass protests for crime rates in major U.S. cities.

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A Model for Strengthening Community in Trauma Affected Neighborhoods

This model of Trauma Informed Community Building (TICB) addresses the challenges trauma poses to traditional community building strategies. TICB strategies de-escalate chaos and stress, build social cohesion and foster community resiliency over time. The TICB model is based on BRIDGE Housing Corporation’s experience doing community building work over the past five years in the Potrero Terrace and Annex public housing site in San Francisco.

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Governor Roy Cooper created the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC) in June 2020 to develop policy solutions to address racial inequities in the criminal justice system. Their recommendations include reimagining public safety and reinvesting in communities, improving policing practices and strengthening community policing, reforming investigations, and more. 

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This report provides detailed information about criminal charging in North Carolina in 2020. A notable statistic from this study found that of the 1.3 million misdemeanor charges in 2020 67% were non-DWI related traffic and nonviolent misdemeanor traffic offenses. This supports You & Five-O’s belief that compliance is key, especially when the choice is your life versus a misdemeanor charge.

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