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Takeaways and Next Steps Engage in public trust-building activities Law enforcement agencies, in establishing public trust as a formal metric of success, should invest not only in community-based policies, practices, and programs but also in an agency- wide framework that supports and ultimately sustains trust building as a priority. These external activities could, for example, include positive, non-enforcement activities in commun­ ities with high rates of investigative and enforcement actions; public distribution of departmental policies and data regarding stops, summonses, arrests, and crime; community involvement in the process of proposing, developing, and evaluating departmental policies; and transparent communication with communities regarding instances of serious police misconduct. Establish public trust as departmental priority To establish trust building as organizational prerogative, law enforcement agencies should incorporate public trust principles and practices into management, strategic planning, and decision-making; personnel hiring, training, evaluation, and promotion; and information systems. Moreover, agencies should implement mechanisms to measure and analyze levels of public trust (such as perceptions of institutional legitimacy) by, for example, administering annual community surveys or coordinating neighborhood-based listening sessions. Models include Vera Institute of Justice’s CompStat 2.0, 37 National Police Research Platform’s RespectStat, 38 and New York City Police Department’s sentiment meter. 39 Promote procedural justice as organizing principle Law enforcement agencies may consider adopting procedural justice as a guiding principle for internal and external priorities, policies, and practices. This effort, at the most fundamental level, should also include investment in training. Agencies should also administer to both personnel and community members evaluations of existing policies, practices, and procedures and specifically inquire about the impact of those policies, etc. on internal and external perceptions of procedural justice. Moreover, consistent messaging from executive leadership, members of command staff, and other supervisors with respect to rank-and-file officers should reinforce procedural justice as principle: for example, supervisors could consider procedural justice in performance evaluations, thereby reinforcing an agency culture grounded in community engagement as opposed to enforcement. 37. Rebecca Neusteter, “CompStat 2.0,” Projects, Vera Institute of Justice, accessed January 9, 2018, 38. Garry F. McCarthy, “From CompStat to RespectStat: Accountability for Respectful Policing,” Police Chief (August 2015), 39. Kevin Rizzo, “The NYPD’s New Plan to Measure Community Safety: Will It Work?” Law Street Media, May 10, 2017, 19