From Harm Reduction to Community Engagement: Redefining the Goals of American Policing in the Twenty-First Century

Tyler, Tom R | August 1, 2017

Society would gain if the police moved away from the goal of harm reduction via crime reduction and toward promoting the economic, social, and political vitality of American communities. Research suggests that the police can contribute to this goal if they design and implement their policies and practices in ways that promote public trust. Such trust develops when the police exercise their authority in ways that people evaluate as being procedurally just.