Law Enforcement Action Partnership

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Law Enforcement: The New Voice of Criminal Justice Reform

LEAP Speakers - all of whom have worked in law enforcement - write, consult, and meet with advocacy groups, legislators, fellow officers,
the media, and the public to craft and support policies that make our communities safer and more just.

LEAP in The Nation: Do We Need Police?
"While the media features polarizing debates—“abolish the police” versus hiring more of them—many officers want to hand low-risk calls to trained “community responders” and to prevent those cops fired for misconduct from disgracing the badge again in another jurisdiction. By focusing on serious crime and holding ourselves accountable to our vow to protect and serve, we can change the current narrative on our profession and attract true public servants."

-Lt. Diane Goldstein (Ret.), Redondo Beach (CA) Police Department, LEAP Executive Director
Read MoreLEAP in WaPo: I’m a Former Baltimore Police Detective. Cities Like Mine Should Embrace a Community Responder Model
"The Community Responder model has great potential to ease tensions between police and civilians, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color that are over-policed for minor issues and under-policed for serious crimes."

-Det. Debbie Ramsey (Ret.), Baltimore Police Department, LEAP Speaker
Read MoreBystanding Officer LiabilityWhat obligations does an officer have to intervene when faced with another officer's unconstitutional use of force? LEAP speaker and former US Attorney Kenyen Brown explains.

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The Community Responders Model: How Cities Can Send the Right Responder to Every 911 Call
LEAP and the Center for American Progress released a new report to serve as guide for every police department that feels the strain of being asked to do too much and for every community that has lost trust in their police.
Read MoreLEAP Releases National Recommendations to Transform PolicingWe support national action because we owe equal rights to every person, regardless of their background. We must act on our values of transparency, accountability, and safety. Our recommendations outline specific measures that federal, state, and local legislators and law enforcement should enact today to take responsibility for rebuilding trust in police and protecting public safety. Holding ourselves to a higher standard is the best way to honor our profession.

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Why I Joined LEAP:
Our Law Enforcement Speakers in Their Own Words

I have been in Corrections since 1987 and the Superintendent of Corrections in Cheshire County NH since 1993. Being a Chief law enforcement officer and public official who must survive the political arena and changing landscape of our constituency, I struggled to find other professionals who shared a voice on best practices and evidenced based criminal justice ideology. It was 2007 when I joined Law Enforcement Action Partnership, an organization that presented as a coalition of smart criminal justice professionals who joined together to help guide our communities, our politicians and our country's criminal justice agenda in a more logical and responsible direction. It has been one of the best decisions of my career.

Superintendent Richard N. Van Wickler Superintendent of Corrections Cheshire County (NH) Department of Corrections

I felt it was important to ensure the message of changing how we view and deal with addiction reached a wide audience, especially a network of my peers, fellow law enforcement and the public. Law enforcement is often seen as the innovators, leaders and change agents. LEAP gives me and law enforcement that platform to be the leaders of change to a wider audience.

Chief Tom Synan Chief of Police Newtown (OH) Police Department

"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” - Ida B. Wells-Barnett
That is exactly what my colleagues and I at LEAP are about.

Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey (Ret.) Police Sergeant Los Angeles Police Department

The reason for my involvement with the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), is to be a voice for law enforcement and build a stronger relationship with the communities we serve.

Chief Bryan P. Zeringue Chief of Police Thibodaux (LA) Police Department

I joined LEAP because I believe in its mission to create a more effective and more fair criminal justice system.  Our country puts too many people in jails and prisons for the wrong reasons, which destabilizes communities and inhibits law enforcement’s ability to do its job.  I want to be a proactive partner for positive change, which LEAP allows me to do.

U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart (Fmr.) Southern District of OH

No police agency can be successful without the support of the community they serve, and no police agency can expect to have community support without first developing community trust. I am excited to be a part of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership as the organization has dedicated itself to promoting best practices throughout the criminal justice system, which will better develop the trust and support every police agency needs to be successful in helping to build better and safer communities for everyone.

Chief Kevin Martin Chief of Police Lima (OH) Police Department

LEAP in the News

Ocean City Police Violence, Vapor Flavor Bans and More! – Tobacco Harm Reduction NewsCall to Action update for Connecticut.Drug Busts Like Ironside Make No Substantial ImpactPrintCharges continue to be laid against those arrested in relation to the nation’s “most significant” drug racket investigation, Operation Ironside.More than 250 arrests have been made, six drug labs were shut down, over 3.7 tonnes of illicit drugs were s...Undoing the Damage of the War on Drugs: A Renewed Call for Sentencing ReformChairwoman Jackson Lee, Ranking Member Biggs, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the invitation to testify today.Questions to Ask About a Menthol BanThe Biden administration has announced a plan to ban menthol cigarettes, though the specifics have yet to be articulated.Supporters say Clean Slate legislation offers a second chanceclick to enlarge FILE PHOTO The Capitol building in Albany.Lawmakers consider measure to expunge criminal recordsLawmakers consider measure to expunge criminal records Share Jun 03, 2021 — by Karen DeWitt (NYS Capitol Correspondent) , in Albany Jun 03, 2021 — As the New York State Legislature’ssession draws to a close, lawmakers are considering several criminal just...Calls to end qualified immunity grow at New York state CapitolDarlene McDay knows first hand the power lawsuits can bring to family members. Her son, Dante Taylor, died by suicide in 2017 at the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo and in a lawsuit filed last year alleges his death came after he was beaten by gu...The ex-police officers fighting to end the war on drugsIt takes a lot of effort – and manpower – to wage a war on drugs.Phoenix office to oversee police misconduct investigations could face court challenge - AZFamilySavePHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Phoenix City Council narrowly approved a new department to oversee police misconduct investigations, but some say the framework of the Office of Accountability and Transparency violates a new state law.Former cops tell current top brass to "tell the truth" about failing War on DrugsScotland's top cops have been urged by former officers to "tell the truth" about the "abysmal failure" of the war ondrugs.

Sir Robert Peel founded modern policing in 1829 by establishing the London Metropolitan Police Force. Peel's commissioners developed the Peelian Principles, a set of ideals that defined the ethical requirements police officers must abide by in order to do their job effectively.

 Read the nine Peelian Principles     

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Police-Community RelationsIncarcerationHarm ReductionDrug PolicyGlobal IssuesLEAP Latin AmericaThe Law Enforcement Action Partnership is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of criminal justice professionals advocating for drug policy and criminal justice reforms that will make communities safer. LEAP will not accept any contribution with conditions or restrictions that are inconsistent with or compromise our principles or that require us to advance an agenda that is not our own.LEAP will not accept any contribution with conditions or restrictions that are inconsistent with or compromise our principles or that require us to advance an agenda that is not our own.

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