What a Good Police Department Looks Like

What a Good Police Department Looks Like: Professional, Accountable, Transparent, Self-Monitoring


University of Nebraska at Omaha


Sam Walker

This guide identifies principles, policies and programs that characterize good policing. In each case, it offers an example, with a live link, of a good program or practice that already exists in a police department, and/or an important report on it. This Guide is designed as a community education tool, to help people evaluate the quality of their own police department in terms of best practices that characterize a good police department. This report does not claim to be the last word on the subject. It aspires to be the first word in a continuing public discussion of what a good police department looks like. Readers and community groups are invited to make suggestions or adapt it to their own purposes.

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