The Pennsylvania Community Safety Alliance is a group of dedicated professionals from an array of disciplines who’ve been convening for more than a year around law enforcement strategies has formalized, becoming the Pennsylvania Community Safety Alliance. The goal of the Alliance is to equip officers in Pennsylvania law enforcement with enhanced skills based in empathy, equity, and human relationship, and to provide the support officers need to ensure that the people of Pennsylvania flourish in safe and secure environments. The group is focused on standardization across the law enforcement continuum in recruitment, training, and professional support, and in re-energizing community policing efforts throughout the state.
In one aspect of its work, the Alliance is supporting the implementation of legislative reforms. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed into law two police reform bills, one establishing a database for efficient background checks on officers, the second requiring mental health evaluations for officers involved in deadly force incidents as well as training for police officers on trauma-informed care, use of deadly force, de-escalation and harm reduction techniques, community and cultural awareness, implicit bias, procedural justice and reconciliation techniques.
Members of the Alliance range from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office to the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, partnered with specialized training professionals and equity-building organizations. It will operate under the fiscal sponsorship of the Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Officer's Association, supported by the Emergency Response Training and Certification Association.