After defining "peer exchanges" and explaining how to make the most of a peer exchange, a model guide to peer exchanges is presented, using body-worn cameras (BWCs) as an example of a peer exchange guide.
Peer exchanges are "learning opportunities that enable participants to visit locations that engage in promising practices in a particular area." The goal of these exchanges is to increase the capacity and knowledge for participating agencies through sharing best practices, real-world examples, and lessons learned. Most exchange visits last 1 or 2 days, with agendas tailored to the sites' needs. These learning opportunities are a distinctive and critical component of the U.S. Justice Department's National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). Experience has taught that a peer exchange is most effective when an agency works with its Strategic Site Liaison to develop clear and concise goals, objectives, and expected outcomes for the exchange. PSP team members work with the agencies involved in the exchange throughout the process by coordinating with the hosting and requesting agencies in establishing an agenda that meets expectations. Participating sites are encouraged to send representatives who will benefit most from the exchanges and can steer outcomes and organizational changes upon return to their agencies. The guide provided for a peer exchange that involves the use of BWCs includes agenda topics, objectives, potential outcomes, and additional resources. Online access is provided to information on PSP; improving homicide investigations peer exchange sample agenda; a peer exchange guide on Family Justice Centers; a peer exchange on enhancing Compstat strategy; and contact information for a peer exchange.
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