Writing in PoliceOne.com, W. Thomas Smith, Jr. discusses the Richland County Sheriff’s Departmentt (SC) new program which will retrofit 500 deputy uniforms with the words “Peace Officer” directly below “Deputy Sheriff” after conducting an academic study. He writes:
“The results have been impressive, said Broderick. “Positive perceptions of safety and community engagement increased. Officers’ views of their roles in the communities changed. And a materially significant number of citizens who saw the decals versus those who did not report that ‘people can change.’”
The study, inspired and facilitated by Police2Peace, was conducted by RCSD with assistance from BetaGov, an initiative aimed at promoting data-driven public policy innovations based at New York University.