Monday, June 15, 2020

Police Think Tank Gets Flooded With Cash

It is a good time to be a think tank focusing on police reform.

Last year, the New York-based Center for Policing Equity (CPE) said it would get $30 million from The Audacious Project to expand its COMPSTAT for Justice project, a data tool that tracks police behavior to help law enforcement agencies reduce racial disparities in policing.

Launched in April 2018 and housed at TED, The Audacious Project pools philanthropic support from a leading group of individuals and organizations and gives it to social entrepreneurs and nonprofits with bold ideas.  CPE was one of eight projects funded in 2019 from a field of 1,500 applications.

In May 2020, Google's YouTube said it would donate $1 million to CPE, and in early June, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he had donated $1 million to the think tank.  Luggage company Away and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi have also said they will be donating to CPE.

Here is CPE's five-step policy action plan for policing in America.