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National Center for Campus Public Safety
 

A Bowling Green Legacy: A Guide for Law Enforcement and Communities

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), 2015

In the wake of increasing racial tensions and intolerance at college campuses across the country, building trust between law enforcement and community members is as vital as ever. The Not In Our Town short film, A Bowling Green Legacy, shows how communities can come together to respond to incidents of hate, as well as to strengthen trust between community stakeholders to prevent hate from happening in their town. This guide is designed to facilitate discussions about the film and is intended for use by law enforcement agencies, community groups, civic leaders, students, and college campus groups. Produced in collaboration with the COPS Office, the film examines how college campus leaders at Bowling Green State University in Ohio took action after racist incidents swept their town. In partnership with campus and city law enforcement as well as civic and community leaders, they launched a successful community- and campus-wide Not In Our Town campaign to build a safer, more inclusive Bowling Green. The guide provides discussion questions and tips for organizing internal law enforcement agency and community screenings, information about hate speech and bias, and supplemental resources. Used together, the film and guide can help agencies and community groups work together to prevent hate crimes, improve hate crime reporting, and support victims with adequate response.

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