Our Values

  1. We believe police should use deadly force only when unavoidable and as the last resort.  

  2. We believe training works. Law enforcement should be trained so that police have the skills to keep themselves and the public safe.

  3. Violence de-escalation training reduces the use of deadly force.  

  4. Mental health training provides skills and knowledge so that law enforcement can respectfully interact and protect persons with mental health issues or emergencies.

  5. We believe that race and bias are factors in police responses, and that there is a disproportionate impact on people of color especially the Black community, Native Americans, as well as persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and others. 

  6. We believe police have a duty to preserve life and should provide first aid at the scene. 

  7. We believe no one is above the law, and police should be held criminally liable in those exceptional circumstances when their use of deadly force is not necessary and unjustified. 

  8. We believe transparency and trust is important to maintain a professional and respected police force.  Investigations of serious uses of force should be independent so the public has faith in the review and the results.  

  9. We recognize that Native Americans experience violence from law enforcement at rates higher than other groups.  Tribal governments should be included in investigations when tribal members are the victims of police violence.  

  10. We believe that the public has a legitimate role in police accountability.  Diverse community stakeholders should be involved in setting the standards for this work.