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'APA Urges Closer Partnerships Between Police, Behavioral Experts to Stem Racial Incidents'

The American Psychological Association (APA) is supporting “measures aimed at decreasing racial bias in policing and the criminal justice system, including a ban on chokeholds and strangleholds, involving psychologists in multidisciplinary teams to implement police reforms, and encouraging private/public partnerships between mental health organizations and local law enforcement.”

CEO and EVP Arthur C. Evans Jr. provided written testimony to the House Committee on the Judiciary saying the following:

Psychological research shows that a key factor shaping whether people obey the law is whether they trust the law and legal authorities. Studies of the police indicate that whether people break the law is more strongly shaped by whether people trust the police than by whether people believe that they are likely to be caught and punished if they break the law. Distrust also makes controlling crime increasingly difficult because it lowers the willingness of community members to help the police solve crimes or identify criminals.

Evans shared the changes APA recommends implementing in the criminal justice system and among police departments, including promoting community policing, investing in crisis intervention teams, and increasing the number of mental health professionals in law enforcement agencies.

For more information, read the press release.

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