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To support and help strengthen the work of advocates and organizers, the Hub is committed to providing and uplifting up-to-date research, reports, data, model policies, toolkits and other resources. We do this by searching for, categorizing, and making available existing resources from partner organizations and others working on issues related to policing. When needed, the Hub also produces its own research in collaboration with partners. This resource database is categorized, easy to search, and regularly updated by our research team.

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Road Runners: The Role and Impact of Law Enforcement in Transporting Individuals with Severe Mental Illness

Treatment Advocacy Center

Although members of law enforcement do not serve as treatment providers for any other illness, they have become “road runners,” responding to mental health emergencies and traveling long distances to shuttle people with mental illness from one facility to another. This report is the first-ever national survey of sheriffs’ offices and police departments on these issues, and it provides a unique glimpse into the burdens they must shoulder as well as the fiscal and societal implications of the current situation. The survey responses represent 355 sheriffs’ offices and police departments in the United States.

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Statewide Policies Relating To Pre-Arrest Diversion And Crisis Response

R Street Institute

Over reliance on the criminal justice system only inflicts more harm on people who need help while burdening taxpayers with an expensive and ineffective system. That’s why cities across the nation have begun to rely on pre-arrest diversion and crisis response strategies that direct people away from the criminal justice system and toward treatment, housing, and other services. Unfortunately, legislative barriers often exist at a state level that prevent local governments from maximizing the benefits of this approach.

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Alternatives to Police – Portland, OR

Rose City Copwatch

This resource is a compilation of case-studies on alternatives to cops. The booklet focuses on projects that don’t collaborate with the state or court system in any way. A long bibliography for further reading is also included.

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Alternatives to Calling the Police: Washington, DC

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) DC

A collection of questions and resources to assist individuals in addressing situations without immediate reliance on police.

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What to Do Instead of Calling the Police – Some Options

TRIP! Project

Your neighbor is setting off fireworks at 3am, or there’s intimate partner violence happening outside your window, or you see someone hit their child in public…What do you do? What do you do instead of calling the police? How do you keep yourself safe without seeking protection from a system that is predicated upon the surveillance and extermination of others? This is an in-progress list of resources on alternatives to policing, which range from the theoretical to the practical.

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Before You Call the Police!


A toolkit with a list of alternatives to calling the police, which can be a traumatic experience at best and unnecessarily put lives in danger—or worse. Important note: While the resources below offer alternative solutions to calling the police, there is no guarantee that these organizations will not involve law enforcement as they deem necessary.

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Building Care: Portland Communities Respond to the Violence of Policing

Care Not Cops

A report that surveyed 12 local community organizations in Portland, Oregon about the harms of policing and their visions for building real community care and resources.

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The Oakland Power Projects

Critical Resistance

The Oakland Power Projects (OPP) are an initiative to engage Oakland residents in building community power and wellbeing without relying on cops. CR Oakland has been fighting against the violence of policing for more than 10 years, and we hope you’ll join us in this next phase.

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The Safe Party Toolkit

The Audre Lorde Project

A toolkit from the Safe Outside the System (SOS) program with a collection of strategies to build safety in party spaces without relying on the police or state systems. The Safe Party Toolkit can support you, partygoers, and throwers in: creating a space in which partygoers self determination and safety are prioritized, preventing and intervening in violence before it escalates, making a community atmosphere where violence isn’t acceptable, encouraging others to intervene/prevent violence from happening, and supporting survivors of violence.

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