Learning Communities & Data Connection

CPE and The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center are hosting a joint series of Learning Communities for Policing Alternatives with participants nationwide. These learning communities are designed to support stakeholders working to establish more equitable public safety systems and are structured to assist interdisciplinary teams seeking to implement alternatives to policing, and each centers on a different area of public safety.

Learning Communities for Policing Alternatives focus on some of the most pressing public safety issues faced by Black communities and consist of different modules to support participants in implementing emergent evidence-led interventions and documenting the process and outcomes of their efforts. Participants receive peer-to-peer support and guidance from national experts, as well as practical guidance and troubleshooting from technical assistance providers. Our companion Data Connection initiative supports each learning community with the tools needed to measure success and effectively use data in storytelling. 

The community-led efforts emerging from CPE and the CSG Justice Center’s Learning Communities for Policing Alternatives parallel the alternative policing strategies developed by the Elected Leaders Council. Our involvement in this vital effort is part of our community empowerment program, Unlocking Democracy, a suite of community-centered resources rooted in the understanding that government of, by, and for the people rests on a foundation of shared responsibility, mutual trust, and bedrock safety.

Applications are now open! Our 2023–2024 learning modules will focus on policing alternatives, including College Campus Community Response, Community Response & Crisis Systems, Community Violence Intervention, and Youth Behavioral Diversion. Learn more about Learning Communities for Policing Alternatives eligibility, requirements, and how to join below.

Upcoming Learning Modules

Community Violence Intervention

Creating community violence intervention programs as alternatives to law enforcement.

Session Dates
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Thursday, January 18, 2024
Thursday, March 14, 2024
Thursday, May 9, 2024
Thursday, July 18, 2024

Community Response & Crisis Systems

Enhancing crisis system alternatives through community-centered, public health approaches.

Session Dates
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Thursday, May 2, 2024
Thursday, July 11, 2024

College Campus Community Response

Enhancing college campus community response through student-centered, public health approaches.

Session Dates
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Thursday, May 16, 2024
Thursday, July 25, 2024

Youth Behavioral Diversion

Developing an alternative first responder approach for youth experiencing behavioral health crises.

Application Details
See full overview, participating site requirements, and application requirements for this learning community by clicking below.


How To Join

Interdisciplinary teams in localities of all sizes are invited to apply to join an upcoming learning community cohort by clicking on any the learning module links above. Teams applying to participate should include multidisciplinary members including essential community members and professionals positioned to achieve program goals.

Contact CPE to learn more about Learning Communities for Policing Alternatives, Data Connection, or other opportunities to receive assistance in piloting alternatives to law enforcement in your community.


Submission of this interest form is not confirmation of participation in a future learning community cohort. CPE will follow up with all interested participants following the completion of this form.

Upcoming Events

Join us for the following free webinars, trainings, and events hosted by the CSG Justice Center in partnership with CPE:

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 2–3 p.m. EDT Data Connections to Support Alternative Crisis Response Methods
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 2–3 p.m. EDT Establishing Community Response Models for College Campuses
Thursday, September 7, 2023 1—2 p.m. EDT Alternative First Responder Models Can Support Youth in Crisis