Transforming Safety 

A menu of local policy changes in North Carolina

Systemic racism and bias affect police judgment. This has harmful and deadly consequences for Black and brown community members.

This policy menu is a tool to help local government workers, community organizers, and advocates begin to transform city and county policing models. Each real-life example demonstrates how a local policy change can minimize the footprint of armed police.

Ending Regulatory Stops

A Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office policy prevents police from stopping drivers for regulatory violations, like expired tags. These types of stops lead to racial profiling.

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Signed Form for Consent Searches

The Fayetteville Police Department requires police to get a driver’s signature on a written form to perform a consent search during a traffic stop.

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Traffic Safety Units

Multiple cities in NC have adopted traffic safety units that respond to car accidents to collect information and assist drivers without issuing tickets.

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Community Response Teams

Durham established an alternative crisis response group, HEART, consisting of unarmed health and social work professionals and peer support specialists. 

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