Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Everett Police Department and HNMCP Begin Joint Initiative

everettThe City of Everett Police Department and the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) are pleased to announce the start of a new three month joint initiative to assess perceptions of current Department practices and address any potential sources of tension or conflict between police and local youth. While the Department has worked hard to develop a strong relationship with the youth of Everett, there are natural challenges and conflicts that arise in the course of policing. At a time when the nation is examining how well law enforcement relates to the communities they serve, the Department has enlisted the support of HNMCP in conducting a stakeholder assessment in order to focus on and strengthen its relationship with the youth of the community.

In pursuit of that goal, HNMCP wants to hear the voices of Everett’s diverse community. Over the course of this project, a team of dedicated students from HNMCP will conduct a series of interviews and focus groups with members of Everett youth groups, police officers, community groups, and other interested individuals. The information gathered from these interviews and focus groups, combined with independent academic research and best practices in dispute resolution, will be incorporated into a community presentation on key findings, themes, and recommendations.

In retaining HNMCP for this project, The Everett Police Department endeavors to obtain an honest and accurate picture of the community’s feelings on how well the Department is meeting the needs of Everett’s youth. HNMCP welcomes community feedback and encourages your participation in this effort. The HNMCP team looks forward to assessing Everett police and youth relationships as well as providing a framework for promoting positive future interactions.

ABOUT THE EVERETT POLICE DEPARTMENT:

The Everett Police Department is a full-service, professional law enforcement agency whose mission is to provide community oriented law enforcement designed to protect life and property, maintain order, and assure fair and equal treatment for all. The Department emphasizes five core values in the work it performs:

Professionalism – We are committed to the highest ethical standards of law enforcement profession.

Respect – We pledge to preserve human dignity by caring for the citizens we serve, and for ourselves.

Integrity – We shall, through our behavior, reflect honest, sincerity, and complete accountability.

Dedication – We are devoted to Public Service to enhance the quality of life for all.

Excellence – We encourage innovation, effectiveness and efficiency through training, skills and efforts.

Currently, the Department is comprised of one hundred sworn police officers, twelve civilian support staff, thirty crossing guards, and an Auxiliary unit of fifteen volunteers. The primary contact on this project is Captain Paul Landry, head of the Everett Police Department’s Support Services Division.

ABOUT THE HARVARD NEGOTIATION & MEDIATION CLINICAL PROGRAM:

Founded in 2006 by Professor Robert Bordone, the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) focuses on cutting edge work in dispute systems design, negotiation, mediation, and facilitation. HNMCP serves a wide range of clients, including U.S.-based and international private corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community groups. Part of HNMCP’s mission involves helping these clients assess ongoing conflicts and strengthen their capacity for effective conflict management and successful negotiation.

HNMCP also strives to train Harvard Law School students in the theory and practice of negotiation and conflict management. HNMCP is comprised predominantly of Harvard Law School students who are interested in dispute system design. As an academic institution, HNMCP not only aims to educate its students, but also seeks to serve the legal profession and the dispute resolution field by producing practice-informed scholarship, creating innovative teaching pedagogy, and inspiring and building a community of problem-solving law school graduates.