A PATH TO PEACE, JUSTICE, AND STRONGER INSTITUTIONS.
The mission of The LEWIS Registry is to increase accountability and transparency in the American police system, advocating for equal treatment and mutual respect.
To achieve this mission, LEWIS is creating a comprehensive database of officers that have been terminated or have resigned related to serious misconduct, as well developing research-backed curricula and community programs that facilitate safer interactions between civilians and law enforcement. LEWIS is intimately aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16, to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
DRIVING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE WITH A LASTING IMPACT
TRANSPARENCY: We will increase departmental integrity and accountability within the communities in which officers serve through the LEWIS Registry database, which acts as a checkpoint to ensure the hiring of only the best possible candidates for law enforcement.
EDUCATION: We will offer wide-scale public value through our BRIDGES education program, equipping both officers and community members with knowledge and skills that reduce the risk of violence.
SCREENING: We will offer immediate and significant cost savings in officer applicant verification and background checks.
RESEARCH: We will continue supporting and participating in academic research that provides data on relevant topics, such as patterns of misconduct and behaviors that contribute to violence between officers and community members. We will also help to translate research results into meaningful practice.
POLICY: In a strictly nonpartisan manner, LEWIS is actively involved in tracking and supporting legislation that will mandate departments submit information to and query information from a database like The LEWIS Registry.
"IF YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT IS
NOT RIGHT, NOT FAIR, NOT JUST,
YOU HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION
TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT."
-REP JOHN LEWIS
YOUGOV SURVEY RESULTS
In Winter 2020, we conducted a YouGov survey to ascertain the level of support for a registry like LEWIS being proposed as a component of major legislation.
Our study concluded that support for the registry is weighted as follows across political parties:
TOTAL: 80% BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
CIVIC PULSE SURVEY RESULTS
Based on the results of a Civic Pulse survey conducted in April & May of 2021, support for a registry such as LEWIS among law enforcement agencies is represented as follows:
Do you support creating a national registry of law enforcement officers who have been fired for misconduct?
If there existed a national registry of law enforcement officers who have been fired for misconduct, would your agency make checking this registry a part of your applicant screening process?