The Procedural Justice Assessment examines six areas (to assess the 5 Pillars) that are indispensable to campus police and public safety agencies as they aspire to earn and/or maintain the community’s trust, confidence, and support. The assessment evaluates the extent to which an agency is operating with integrity and transparency as well as how the agency is remaining accountable to the diverse community it serves through review of the following areas:
- Agency & Institutional Culture
- Recruitment and Retention Practices
- Policies and Procedures
- Training and Professional Development
- Available Campus Community/Citizen Complaint Processes and/or Early Intervention System(s)
- Assessment of Oversight and Accountability
The Procedural Justice Assessment is a targeted assessment that will result in tangible recommendations for proactively ensuring your campus community that your campus police/public safety department is:
- Taking action to ensure procedural justice in the actions of its officers and leaders;
- Taking action to ensure accountability for and transparency in the decisions and response of departmental staff; and
- Taking action to ensure that all staff are focused on protecting and serving the entire campus community in a fair and impartial manner.
This assessment will provide institutional leaders with the framework necessary to empower proactive, inclusive, transparent, and community-centric campus police and public safety agencies on their respective campuses. This framework includes recommendations for equipping campus law enforcement and public safety agencies with a strategy to align agency policies and processes with the core values of the institution and industry best practices. By implementing recommendations arising from this review, institutions will be able to better understand how concepts of legitimacy and procedural justice can be embedded into the fabric of a campus police or public safety agency.
Potential Outcomes following the Procedural Justice Assessment
Building confidence in campus safety through our Procedural Justice Assessment
Culture matters. We make sure you know the current police or public safety department culture and give the department’s leaders the tools they need to make sure the culture reflects the institution’s values.
We evaluate the five pillars by reviewing six areas of police/public safety operations through our procedural justice assessments to prepare those departments for today’s realities.
Secondly, we help ensure the campus police/public safety agency is operating under a guardian mindset and they are practicing procedural justice, placing the sanctity-of-life and wellbeing as their guiding principle.
Our assessment addresses questions such as:
- Do your officers demonstrate cross-cultural competency?
- Does your community believe that your officers engage in fair and impartial policing/public safety practices?
- Is your agency hiring and retaining the right people?
- Does your agency have policies/procedures based on national best practices?
- Do the officers and other employees receive adequate and verifiable on-going training that is culturally inclusive?
- Do the agency supervisors and command staff members provide an appropriate level of supervision, oversight, and accountability?
Reducing College/University liability and building trust through independent oversight
Do you really know your campus public safety/police department? Are your perceptions accurate? Who’s checking?
We take you inside campus police/public safety operations to open a transparent view of the department’s culture.
Loss of confidence in police/public safety, damage to college/university property, significant litigation costs, and the loss of life are a few of the consequences of not taking proactive measures. We help you protect your organization’s reputation by identifying systemic problems and putting measures in place to preserve campus trust.
Accountability begins and ends with proper oversight. We ensure police early warning systems are in place to help prevent critical incidents and lessen their impacts when they occur.
DSA can also provide independent coordination on use-of-force and serious incident review boards to ensure transparent oversight of threshold incidents (see Additional Service Options).
Defining campus safety through the eyes of the campus community
How does your campus community define campus safety? You may find it is much different than you think.
We work with campus stakeholders to provide you with recommendations on how the college/university can fundamentally transform how police/public safety interact with the community.
Our broad-based community approach can lead to a credible new vision for campus public safety.