Ten Shared Principles
The Illinois National Association for the Advancent of Colored People (NAACP) State Conference and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police have created the Ten Shared Principles for Building Trust to be adopted by Illinois Police Departments to signify their committment to the public they serve.
On June 22nd, the City of Urbana affirmed by Resolution No. 2020-06-031R the “Ten Shared Principles”. The adoption agreement between the City of Urbana Police Department and the NAACP of Champaign County was signed September 17, as officers, Police Department leadership, and City officials participated in a Ten Shared Principles World Cafe Workshop with community members and local and state NAACP representatives. Adoption of the "Principles"is part of the ongoing process in the City to stand together with the community to implement these values and principles, and to replace mistrust with mutual trust wherever, whenever, and however, we can.
The City of Urbana Police Department affirms the following principles:
1. We value the life of every person and consider life to be the highest value.
2. All persons should be treated with dignity and respect. This is another foundational value.
3. We reject discrimination toward any person that is based on race, ethnicity, religion, color, nationality, immigrant status, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or familial status.
4. We endorse the six pillars in the report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The first pillar is to build and rebuild trust through procedural justice, transparency, accountability, and honest recognition of past and present obstacles.
5. We endorse the four pillars of procedural justice, which are fairness, voice (i.e., an opportunity for citizens and police to believe they are heard), transparency, and impartiality.
6. We endorse the values inherent in community policing, which include community partnerships involving law enforcement, engagement of police officers with residents outside of interaction specific to enforcement of laws, and problem-solving that is collaborative, not one-sided.
7. We believe that developing strong ongoing relationships between law enforcement and communities of color at the leadership level and street level will be the keys to diminishing and eliminating racial tension.
8. We believe that law enforcement and community leaders have a mutual responsibility to encourage all citizens to gain a better understanding and knowledge of the law to assist them in their interactions with law enforcement officers.
9. We support diversity in police departments and in the law enforcement profession. Law enforcement and communities have a mutual responsibility and should work together to make a concerted effort to recruit diverse police departments.
10. We believe de-escalation training should be required to ensure the safety of community members and officers. We endorse using de-escalation tactics to reduce the potential for confrontations that endanger law enforcement officers and community members; and the principle that human life should be taken only as a last resort.
You can read Urbana City Council Resolution No. 2020-06-031R here.