#38: Rebuilding a Police Agency from the Inside Out

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From Obama-era task forces to widespread protests, the idea of community policing has become part of our national conversation. But even if you wanted to make a difference, where would you start?

Sheriff Jerry Clayton represents 400 officers in Washtenaw County, Mich. Now in his third term, he says he started overhauling the department eight years ago with service and sustainability in mind.

“You can’t arrest your way to a safer community. You can’t arrest and enforce your way to a higher quality of life in a community. You do that by working in partnership and in concert with the people that you are serving. And sometimes (police) have to be humble enough to step back, be quiet and listen to what (the community) says.”

— SHERIFF JERRY CLAYTON ON CRIMINAL INJUSTICE