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Progressive network launches toolkit to spearhead policing policy reform.

In August, Local Progress, a national network for progressive elected officials, launched “Reform/Transform: A Policing Policy Toolkit” in consultation with the Center for Popular Democracy.

The toolkit, created in response to the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and to continued over-resourcing and over-reliance on policing in communities, provides resources, best practices, and lessons from the field in 12 areas, including openness and accountability about police and civilian encounters, use of force, community-led police training, and investments in public safety beyond policing. According to Local Progress, the toolkit “aims to provide elected officials with the tools to do an analysis of policies and practices in their own cities, compare cities across the country, and identify local priorities.”For the toolkit, see Local Progress, “Reform/Transform.” For background and goals, see Local Progress, “Local Progress Launches Reform/Transform Policing Toolkit,” August 23, 2018.