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'Game Changer' program fosters discussion, finds problems between police and public

Posted: 6:06 PM, Jun 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-09 01:16:08Z

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) - San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit says he’s not surprised by findings that the public’s top three problems with law enforcement are poor communication, lack of integrity and bias.

“This is something we knew,” Chief Nisleit told 10News.

The findings came from data collected from more than 500 people who have participated in a program called ‘Game Changer.’

Founded by Sean Sheppard, the program brings together members of law enforcement and the public and includes a three-hour discussion followed by attendance at a sports game.

At each session, participants also fill out surveys before and after the conversation.

That data was analyzed by San Diego State University’s Institute for Public Health.  

Generally, the data showed perceptions changed for the better in both groups.

Sheppard says his goal is to keep growing the program. He envisions holding up to 15 sessions a month, ultimately using the data to change policies at law enforcement agencies across the country.