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are why the department was selected by the US Department of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) as “an exemplary implementation model for the . . . Task Force on 21st Century Policing.” 4 Law enforcement agencies, civic leaders, and community organizations can incorporate a screening of the film Arlington, TX: A Community Policing Story into police-community events, internal training sessions, and other meetings to ◾ ◾ strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities through investment in trust-building events, practices, and programs; ◾ ◾ establish transparency, accountability, and opportunities for sustained dialogue between law enforcement and communities in times of crisis; ◾ ◾ discuss relationship building as a foundation for crime prevention, violence reduction, and other local issues in the context of community-oriented policing.  This film and its accompanying screening guide are a part of a project titled The Guardians: Stories of 21st Century Policing, a collaboration between Not In Our Town (NIOT) and the COPS Office. To access all available film resources and tools, visit NIOT’s online hub at www.NIOT.org/COPS. The Guardians: Stories of 21st Century Policing As views of law enforcement and the communities it serves become increasingly polarized around the country, NIOT is collaborating with the COPS Office to share real-life examples of police- community partnerships that build public trust, reduce crime, and increase safety for residents and officers alike. Based on recommendations from The Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which President Obama appointed in 2014, resources from The Guardians: Stories of 21st Century Policing initiative include an online hub at www.NIOT.org/COPS, a series of new films and guidebooks highlighting successful practices, and a network of law enforcement leaders committed to spreading community policing strategies that promote safety and inclusion for all. The films (1) capture the nuance and difficulty of real police work, (2) provide realistic and meaning- ful examples of how community-oriented policing works and why it is effective, and (3) serve as tools to spark discussion and action through officer trainings and community screenings. Arlington, TX: A Community Policing Story is the second film released through the project. 4. Arlington Police Department, “Arlington Police Chosen to Lead Efforts in Advancing Policing Practices around the Country,” News, City of Arlington, May 26, 2016, http://www.arlington-tx.gov/news/2016/05/23/arlington-police- chosen-to-lead-efforts