• Project Title: Oakland Community Policing Documentary

  • BASIS Advisor: Mr. Hansen

  • Internship Location: Oakland Police Dpartment

  • Onsite Mentor: Mr. Sean Patrick Farrell

Community policing emphasizes partnerships with community organizations, prioritizing transparency, and actively pursuing feedback. It began in the 1970s due to violent confrontations between police and civilians during protests, and it was later popularized as an alternative or “enhancer” of conventional policing due to the strained police relations at times. The goal of this project is to make a polished documentary in an arbitrary position, presenting the realest sentiments circling this issue in contemporary society. Whether people think community policing is an ambitious agenda for a better neighborhood or a mere cover-up of police brutality from the past, the ultimate goal is to raise awareness about what is going on right now and what we might be able to do to make a difference. Throughout the process, I will be actively reaching out to the Oakland Police Department and other local organizations in attempt to connect with experienced personnel to uncover their perspectives. I expect this journey to be rather difficult since not everyone is openly comfortable speaking about such a sensitive issue, but I will try my best to speak with as many sources needed to generate an unbiased report.