Communities are stronger when every voice can be heard. People are safer when they have strong relationships.
Let Project Imo help you connect with your community.
Relationships are the heart of community peace and safety. The mission of Police Community Adventure programs is to build sustainable relationships between residents in a community and the police officers who work alongside of them.
Preconceived notions of "other" are part of almost every conflict in a community. Our brains are evolutionarily hard wired for small in-group positive identification and negative out-group biases. Escalating unrest in a community exacerbates this. The cycle of "us versus them" can be a difficult one to break but the community success that exists on the other end of your hard work is worth it.
Shared experience helps to build deep, lasting relationships between people and groups. These relationships make people more open to divergent ideas, break down preconceived notions of "other", and make officers and their community safer.
Project Imo will facilitate a day-long portable adventure workshop or hiking experience of intentionally selected and specifically sequenced activities designed to connect people, build relationships, and strengthen community problem solving measures.
Groups of 12 to 20 people, half officers and half from an established community group such as a school, club, business, or social organization will spend a morning breaking down barriers. They'll enjoy a shared meal and continue on to more in-depth discussions surrounding our roles in a community. Using these conversations built around shared experience, the group will intentionally construct shared problem-solving avenues to carry their day into the future.
This process takes work and time. Project Imo has veteran police officers and challenge course practitioners on staff to assist your agency in necessary policy development, developing effective memorandums of understanding, engaging your line officers, first-line supervisors, command staff, and your community stakeholders.
We will help your agency determine how to best utilize your existing resources to enable programmatic success and how to use the PCA experiences to Scan, Analyze, Respond, and Assess within your community policing and patrol frameworks. Our experts will help your police leaders understand how best collaborate with community groups to keep them safe, assist in their enduring success, and be an active part of productive accountability and officer safety.
The process is complex but the concept simple. Community policing makes officers safer. Relationships are the heart of community policing. Your agency can be the change your community needs.
Are you part of a school, club, business, social organization or other group in a community? Do you have concerns about the relationships between your community groups and the police in your area? The PCA programs can help change that dynamic.
Using scientifically validated experiential education practices, Project Imo's team of experts will help your group connect with your local police agency, establish lines of communication, and develop a plan to implement shared experiences.
Team Imo will help your group leaders understand how best to collaborate with police leaders to build a lasting system of connections that make everyone in the community safer and open pathways to successful growth.
Each PCA experience is bounded by participant surveys. Before the experience, each participant in an upcoming program will be given access to a pre-event survey. These surveys have worked to determine program efficacy in similar programs in various communities across the country. The survey will assess how the participant perceives the "other" group, their role in interacting with that group, and group specific questions. The post-event survey is designed to see if the PCA experience imparted increased positive perceptions of the "other" group and decreased preconceived negative biases.
Project Imo will collect, collate, study, and share the data for each program. Participant identities are anonymous and only minimally identifying information is temporarily gathered to allow researchers to connect pre-event to post-event surveys.
Police Agencies and community groups will have unfettered access to non-identifying data reports generated by Project Imo.