Law Enforcement-Community Dialogues
Santa Cruz County has been selected by Everyday Democracy, a national organization that has been using the dialogues process to address community issues since 1989, to be one of two "Partner Communities" across the country!
“The vision of the initiative is for community members, police, and other stakeholders to respectfully engage with each other to address issues affecting community safety and racial equity. Together these stakeholders will collaboratively lead, grow, and sustain safe, equitable, democratic communities. To accomplish this aim, Everyday Democracy will work collaboratively with communities to mobilize, train, and support a national learning network of community groups, public officials, and police departments to use a tested, equity-focused dialogue-to-change process to improve community-police relations.”
-Everyday Democracy, 2018
Members of the Watsonville Mayor's Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and the Santa Cruz/Live Oak Youth Violence Prevention Initiative will be engaged in the countywide roll out of Law Enforcement-Community Dialogues. There are many opportunities to participate including organizing, facilitating, circle participation, and action implementation.
Please contact YVPT Coordinator Julie Burr at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to get involved!
The Youth Violence Prevention Task Force is made possible through the generous contributions from:
- Lucile Packard Foundation
- Santa Cruz County Human Service Department
- Santa Cruz County Law Enforcement Chief’s Association
- Santa Cruz County Probation Department
- County Office of Education
- Department of Justice
- Countless In-Kind Contributions