Actively Caring for People Policing
Building Positive Police/Citizen Relations
Police play a key role in creating a community of compassion and prosocial behavior. The authors call this “actively caring for people” (AC4P), and with this educational/training manual, they instruct readers on how to create an AC4P culture in their communities. Inspired by applied behavioral science and select principles from humanism, this guidebook teaches seven critical AC4P lessons through real-world examples, insightful dialogue, and exercises for applying the life lessons in the readers’ communities.
Law enforcement relations have been particularly tense in recent years, but with a better understanding of the evidence-based AC4P principles and applications, police and citizens can work together interdependently to cultivate a culture that promotes acts of kindness and reduces interpersonal conflict, bullying, and violence.
Scott Geller, Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech is a senior partner of Safety Performance Solutions, Blacksburg, VA. He has authored or co-authored 52 books, 41 training manuals, 94 book chapters, 279 magazine articles, and more than 350 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. Dr. Geller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Psychological Foundation and the International Organizational Behavior Management Network.
Bobby Kipper began his career with the Newport News Police Department in 1977. During his 25-year career, he served in the areas of patrol, investigations, media relations, and as executive assistant to the Chief of Police. Following his decorated 25 years’ service with the department, he served as the director of Virginia’s Gang Reduction Program at the Office of the Attorney General. Bobby is the founder and director of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence. His expertise in the area of community and school violence prevention has been recognized by the White House, Congress, and a number of states across America. His best-selling book, No Colors: 100 Ways to Keep Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities, has been instrumental in developing gang reduction programs in communities across America.