The One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) model is a proactive rather than reactive approach to addressing tensions around police-involved incidents as well as ongoing crime and violence in local communities. OneCOP, an initiative of MovementForward, Inc., has several objectives that incorporate the six pillars outlined by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing:
1) improving public safety through collaboration and information sharing to prevent, combat and solve crimes by tapping into the varied resources of faith-based institutions;
2) increasing community engagement with patrol-level police officers, via congregations, resulting in decreased bias and increased familiarity, mutual respect and trust; and,
3) proactively creating a direct link between law enforcement executives and community leaders in an effort to prevent violent responses to officer-involved crises while also giving voice to growing public concerns relative to policing.
In light of tensions currently felt between many civilians and law enforcement professionals, leaders in every relevant sector must work cooperatively to improve and strengthen relationships between officers and citizens BEFORE an explosive scenario occurs in their local communities. The purpose of this innovative effort is to curb mounting tensions between citizens and law enforcement officers by building partnerships and mutual understanding, as well as establishing a structured framework for the public to assist law enforcement efforts. More than 90% of the police departments in the Metro Atlanta Region have signed-on to participate in OneCOP.