Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $750,000)
Richmond Police Department (RPD) is applying for OVC support for a Demonstration Site in Richmond, California through the Resilience and Hope Initiative. This initiative has as its main goal the development of a train-the trainer-curriculum to foster inclusion of a culture rooted in Hope Theory. This effort is expected to lead to systemic change in law enforcement culture at RPD, and at other law enforcement agencies that seek to learn from the Richmond Police Department Demonstration Site. RPD will build upon its longstanding, trusting partnership with the Family Justice Center and work closely with the Center in implementing this demonstration project. The Center has over 60 partners and has deep reach within Richmond communities. As a Resilience and Hope Demonstration Site, Richmond Police Department will work with the TA provider and OVC to complete the following: develop and implement a hope-centered framework throughout the law enforcement agency; develop a train-the-trainer toolkit uniquely designed for use by law enforcement agencies that includes a certification program for trainers/hope navigators within each agency for sustainability; hire a full-time project coordinator who has a strong relationship with law enforcement leadership and officers and strong community connections; assign a full-time community/hope navigator, with an understanding of the community’s complexity and historic trauma within the community; plan and deliver one Community and Law Enforcement Hope Summit each year of the initiative; conduct procurement process and contract with a research entity partner to collect data and conduct a project process evaluation to meet the stated goals and objectives; produce a final report describing the methodology, findings, and recommendations of the local project process evaluation, to be shared with the field. The program deliverables are as follows: a train-the-trainer curriculum; a detailed plan for implementation and dissemination throughout RPD; an enhanced RPD strategic plan to incorporate tangible goals and objectives for implementing a hope-centered agency framework and practice that responds to the needs of officers; new policies/expanded policies and best practices; a cohesive and actionable plan, using the hope-centered practices and policies, to respond and transform traumatic stress throughout the agency; a diverse and inclusive advisory council; documentation of best practices and lessons learned through local analysis; and a dissemination plan for best practices and lessons learned.