Working with Communities That Don’t Trust the Police. By: Larry Lawton

As a man who works with depressed communities and law enforcement agencies and cities all over the United States, I asked the people why they don’t like the police, and 99% of the negative, responses are one or more of the reasons below. We always try and help everyone.  

Breaking down the “Us Against Them” mentality some Communities have with Law Enforcement should be the priority of every Chief and City leader.  

It is easy for a city and police agency to work with people that accept them, but real progress is made when you work with the people who don’t like you.  

To understand the problem, you have to first understand why some communities don’t trust, or like the police.


Reasons why some communities don’t like the police.

  1. Some people only have negative interactions with the police.
  2. Some family member was arrested and incarcerated by the police.
  3. Some people witnessed brutality by a member of the police force and then lump all officers into that category.
  4. Some people follow the news and jump on the band wagon of a questionable act.
  5. Some people feel the police are harassing them.
  6. Some people look at the police as the enemy and not their neighbor.


How to connect with communities who don’t like you?

  1. Truly caring about the community you serve is the first step.
  2. Help people on a personal level, it is very important and can’t be overstated.
  3. Connect with faith and youth leaders, they connect you with a large percentage of the community and have a lot of influence.
  4. Have the proper tools to interact with the people you serve.
  5. Use community events with a desired outcome.
  6. Do proper training with the officers and community.
  7. Use the media as a partner, not an enemy.

Seeing communities do the same things over and over is frustrating. It is also the first sign of insanity. It is demoralizing to the troops and leaves the community shaking their heads.

We developed the nationally acclaimed Reality Check Community Policing Program to address the needs of police agencies and cities all over the United States. Get the tools you need and with specialty training and proper materials to help connect you with the community you serve. The Reality Check Community Policing Program is the best way to prevent problems before they even start.

Give Larry a call and he can explain how your Police Department or City can connect with the community and truly serve the WHOLE community.  844-922-4800 or