The National Excessive Force Institute (NEFI) is an independent, non-partisan and non-membership organization dedicated to improving police citizen encounters through innovation and evidence based research. As such, the NEFI can conduct its work and provide services that are independent of partisan, corporate or member views and only be influenced by science, facts, best practices and data.
Conducts comprehensive and data-driven independent assessments of U.S. police departments (pattern & practices claims as well as Monell Claims under Section 1983)
Publishes peer-reviewed research regarding police use of force and police practices, procedure and training.
Provides Pro bono expert opinions within Federal and State courts in connection with police use of force incidents and police practices, procedures and training for plaintiffs and police & law enforcement organizations.
Facilitate dialogue between the Police and the Community.
Provide High Impact Community/Group Presentations in the following areas:
Walking a Day in an Officer’s Shoes
When can the Police Use Force
You can be Right, they can be Wrong and you can be Dead
What to Do When Stopped by the Police
How to Assess a Police Officer’s Use of Force
Policing in America is at a terrifyingly critical moment due to past and continuing resentment, distrust, and fear of the police by some minorities and other members of society. While at the same time, each time a police officer engages in a citizen encounter, they must consider the possibility of being killed or assaulted by a member of the very same society they have sworn to protect.
NEFI through dialogue, civic engagement, independent assessments of police departments, expert court opinions and its peer-reviewed journal (U.S. Journal of Police Use of Force and Practices-ISSN: 2576-8654) individually and collectively attempt to create national exchange of communications for the enrichment of the policing profession, security of our great nation and the physical and psychological well-being of the individuals stopped by the police.
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NEFI is a national nonprofit, non-partisan institute dedicated to improving the relationships between the community and the police within the U.S.
Police brutality in minority communities is a national crisis that must be address by American society and the Police. For too long, African Americans and other racial minorities have been among the special targets of police abuse. Some research and investigations into police brutality concluded, White policemen, in particular, whether because of racial fears, animosities, or other factors, frequently overreact in a given situation. (there is some evidence that an officers' perception of increased crime, especially violent crime, in minority communities have been factors in excessive use of force and the practice of racial profiling.) The overreaction by police officers who are racially motivated in how they deal with situations in minority communities can range from lower levels of bias, such as being disrespectful, disbelieving complaints, etc., to illegal police enforcement to the use of excessive force.
The killing or assault of a police officer has a harmful effect on society that reaches far beyond the individual jurisdiction because of the overt act. Such occurrences constitute an immediate threat to the well-being of the community and a serious breach of the internal security of our great nation. Each time a police officer approaches an individual and/or when a person approaches an officer, there is always a degree of risk to the police officer, because the police officer is at the disadvantage of not knowing the intentions of the individual.