Organizers with Stop Police Terror Project-DC went into the 2017 with one overarching goal: fully fund the NEAR Act. It’s a goal we achieved in the spring of 2017 when the NEAR Act was fully funded in the FY 2018 budget, ending a multi-year campaign to enact this critical legislation. The law will deploy community-led tools that have brought down the rate of murders and shootings in cities across the country. It will bring innovative public health approaches to bear on community violence and drastically improve our data on police behavior.
Rather than leaving anything to chance, a District-wide campaign was launched to ensure the proper implementation of the principle elements of the NEAR Act as well. We’ve trained over 150 District residents in the specifics of the programs and the most pressing concerns in how the program is being established.
From these trainings, dozens of NEAR Act Ambassadors have gone out to ANC’s, community associations and their neighborhoods, enlisting people in a public advocacy campaign around implementing the NEAR Act.
The Bowser administration recently launched a website to track their progress implementing all 20 Titles of the NEAR Act. It's a good step, but raises many serious questions & concerns. Please find our grid outlining the areas that still need to be addressed here.