Community Capitals Policing merges food economy and public safety, repairing decades of harm
Keywords:Community Capitals Policing, Public Safety, Circular Food Economy, Community Capitals Framework, Food Dignity, Local Food Systems
A local, circular food economy like the one we are building in Alameda County, California, will not only alleviate food insecurity, create jobs, and improve the environment, it is also a centerpiece of our 15-year-long effort to strengthen social cohesion, repair trust, and improve public safety through a revolutionary new approach to policing.
More than 15 years ago, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office launched a new brand of public safety, called Community Capitals Policing, in Ashland and Cherryland, two unincorporated communities just south of Oakland, California. These communities have experienced disproportionate levels of crime, poverty, disinvestment, disease, unemployment, and blight since the late 1970s.
Our work, based on the community capitals framework (Fey, Bregendahl, & Flora, 2006), is taking a systems-level approach to repair the harm done to the community over decades of systemic racism and neglect. The work is informed by a seven-year project called Food Dignity, funded by a US$5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. . . .
 See more about Community Capitals Policing at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q06HRbTTloOkztzVZfwBXIlFIbyT-Ccx/view
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