Policing And Democracy

Policing & Democracy

Policing and Democracy is a series of programs, lectures and leadership initiatives created and sponsored by the National Constitution Center. It includes the Policing In A More Perfect Union training program created in partnership with former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and the Philadelphia Police Department.

The Policing In A More Perfect Union Training Program

Created in partnership with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and the Philadelphia Police Department, the program is designed to give police recruits a historical understanding of the constitutional rights and restrictions that are defined in the Bill of Rights. Policing in a More Perfect Union also examines the history of policing in a democratic society, and provides a forum for new officers to discuss the importance of their role in protecting the rights of all citizens.

For more information about the program, please click here.

America's Town Hall Events: Privacy and Policing

On February 21, 2017, Barry Friedman, director of the Policing Project at New York University School of Law and author of the book Unwarrented: Policing Without Permission, joined Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center, for an important discussion around the changing role of police — from neighborhood beat cops to NSA analysts.

Past events included:

Barry Friedman: Reshaping Policing for the 21st Century (National Constitution Center, February 21, 2017)
Privacy and Policing (National Constitution Center, March 31, 2016)
Beyond Search and Seizure: How Ubiquitous Surveillance is Challenging the Fourth Amendment (TEDxPhiladelphia, February 9, 2016)
Mending Broken Trust: Police And The Communities They Serve With Charles Ramsey (TEDxPhiladelphia, February 8, 2016)
Commissioner Charles Ramsey: Policing In A Democratic Society (National Constitution Center, October 13, 2015)
Police And Violence In America (Aspen Ideas Festival (July 8, 2015)

Watch Our Policing And Democracy Videos

Barry Friedman: Reshaping Policing for the 21st Century

Privacy & Policing

Commissioner Charles Ramsey: Policing In A Democratic Society

Policing In A Democratic Society Part II


Aspen Ideas Festival

From Our Constitution Daily Blog

Podcast: The Fourth Amendment And Police Dogs

Can “In God We Trust” be displayed on police cars?

Constitution Check: Is there a problem in outfitting local police like combat soldiers?

The Supreme Court’s cellphone case and empowering the Fourth Amendment

Supreme Court issues historic ruling to protect your cellphone rights

Press Releases

National Constitution Center Announces Speakers for Winter 2016 America’s Town Hall

Philadelphia Police begins new training program for recruits at National Constitution Center

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