Creating Police/Community Relations Strategies In The New Era Of Policing  


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"Tandra is probably the most passionate and motivated individual when it comes to bridge building & ensuring open and valued dialogue between our community and law enforcement"

 -Sheriff, Jeffrey Gahler

Harford County Sheriff Office

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I teach law enforcement leaders and community advocates actionable steps to overcome long-standing social obstacles and build partnerships.  Through in-person workshops and online courses, I impart insights on police/community collaboration and proactive intervention.  I assist law enforcement agencies to connect the dots and create a roadmap from where they are in community relations, to where they want to be. 

Ignoring or delaying what is inevitable places agencies and community organizations in difficult positions.  I bring 20 years of police/community relations experience to law enforcement and community leaders to help these organizations move forward.  I promote applicable measures that foster open and effective communication, accountability, and positive outcomes.

 21st Century policing, in theory, is the next step of law enforcement engagement within communities.  New Millenium policing combines strategic partnerships, the utilization of technology while meeting the public safety challenges of an ever-evolving society as problem solvers.  New Era police work involves the use of intellection more than the use of force.  But, how does an agency get to that point?  Law enforcement organizations across the nation are at a crossroads in attempting to forge a path forward.  Numerous agencies are in transition as they struggle to adapt, shifting from antiquated methods to more progressive systems.  
Police/Community Relations - This refers to the ongoing, evolving relationship between the police and the communities they serve and the characteristics of these relationships.  This includes issues of cooperation, race relations, fear of police, violence, and corruption.

Yet, statistics speak to the perceptions held by Americans and law enforcement agencies.

2016 Cato Institute Criminal Justice Survey
  • 68% of White Americans have a favorable view of the police

  • 40% of African Americans have a favorable view of the police

  • 59% of Hispanic Americans have a favorable view of police

Pew Research Center 
Januuary 2017 Survey

 Do Americans Understand The         Risks & Challenges Law       Enforcement Agencies Face?

  • 83% of Americans said "YES"

  • 86% of Police said "NO"

Univ. of San Diego Article
Top 5 Trends In Law Enforcement:
  • Adopt New Levels of Transparency

  • Promote improved community relations

  • Utilize New Technologies

  • Expand Opportunites for Women

  • Develop better connection between enforcement and education

Photo: Matt Button