National Initiative


The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice (National Initiative) is a multi-faceted approach to rebuilding community trust in the justice system. Designed to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve, the National Initiative focuses on providing communities and law enforcement agencies with assistance in the following three areas:

  • Procedural justice | Law enforcement interactions with the public influence crime rates, and shape their views of the police and willingness to obey the law.
  • Implicit bias | Largely subconscious psychological processes can impact authorities’ actions and potentially lead to racially disparate outcomes, even where racism is not present.
  • Racial reconciliation | Candid conversation between communities of color and law enforcement allow them to address historic tensions, grievances and misconceptions between them to establish understanding and reset relationships.

In partnership with the John Jay College of Criminal JusticeYale Law School, the Center for Policing Equity at UCLA and the Urban Institute, the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center works with law enforcement agencies interested in receiving training and technical assistance to develop customized response plans for enhancing procedural justice, addressing implicit bias and facilitating racial reconciliation.

  • To request National Initiative assistance, click here.
  • For more information on the National Initiative, visit
  • To hear Attorney General Holder’s Announcement of the National Initiative sites, click here.
  • To download the National Initiative fact sheet, click here.
  • To download the National Initiative postcard, click here.
  • For more information on other technical assistance areas that the Diagnostic Center supports, click here.


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