Established in 2015, UPI’s Community Relations, Law & Order Division was created to address the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the need to develop, educate, train and promote ongoing collaborative relationships between communities and all levels of law enforcement.
The UPI Community Relations, Law & Order team consists of doctoral educators, behavioral specialists, non-profit organizers, business professionals, data collection and measurement specialists, as well as social enterprise and branding experts.
With more than 120 years of combined experience, team members have trained law enforcement personnel, military soldiers, corporate executives, citizens, and incarcerated youth (as ordered by the courts).
Our team members represent a formidable group. We focus on key issues such as race relations, police brutality, cultural competency, building trust, activated listening skills, criminal justice reform, inequality and inclusion, leadership, strategy, security, and collaborative inter-connectivity between communities and local police departments.
We also focus on promoting and ensuring legitimate law enforcement based on four principles from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report:
- Treat people with dignity and respect.
- Allow individuals a “voice” during police/citizen encounters.
- Be neutral and transparent in decision-making.
- Convey trustworthy motives.
We envision reversing the trend of what many inner city and rural communities call “the increase of long-term combative relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.”
Recent episodes involving officers of the law and primarily inner city people of color have played out on national television. These episodes tragically depict the fatal deaths of black teens and adults—male and female, old and young. Deaths such as these create an atmosphere of distrust between people of color, sympathizers and local police agencies.
The slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ has achieved national attention, illuminating the debate on policy and the need for equity; within our law enforcement and judicial systems. Ours is a country of laws and a citizenry of people representing all stripes. We envision a system that is responsive to the popular 21st century social justice mandate. A law enforcement system that effectively inculcates cultural competence as a basis of demonstrating equity, fairness and jurisprudence.
To achieve our vision, we operate as an interconnected group of councils, each having a specific set of objectives and goals designed to engage both community and law enforcement members, in self-reflection and interactive training tailored to meet respective and unique needs.
Raising public consciousness and improving law enforcement’s understanding of public perceptions is key to finding common ground, establishing long-term healthy relationships, and achieving worthwhile community benefits.
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UPI Education has an 12-year track record as a Provider of Life Skills Solutions™ curriculum training programs for community organizers, non-profit organizations, teachers, parents, middle school students, high school teens, college students and school board members.
As the only non-profit organization of its kind, UPI Education’s performance has garnered national recognition (GuideStar Exchange, Gold Seal Participant) and award-winning acclaim (Great Nonprofits 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit). We’ve partnered with the Washington, DC, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Community Relations Division, as presenters at the Steve Harvey Foundation’s, Elm, Texas, Annual gathering for African-American single Mom’s and their son’s. We’ve also earned “Preferred Provider” status as vetted and recognized by the Arizona Department of Education, which allows any school, public or private, within the state of Arizona to contract for our student and/or teacher training programs.
UPI help’s community members of all ages and all levels of law enforcement to better understand what society will expect and demand of them. Participants in our programs understand what it takes to co-exist within a law-abiding society.
UPI Education provides the vital “first step” in establishing a community link to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. UPI’s Community Relations, Law & Order division, provides the glue.