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Fixing police-community relations: Virginia Tech’s Scott Geller calls on law enforcement to be 'positive, proactive agents of change'

July 26, 2016

There is a real opportunity for our nation’s police to take the lead in building positive community relations, according to Virginia Tech’s Scott Geller.

With video-recorded shootings and police officers themselves under attack in recent weeks, psychologist Scott Geller considers ways to move forward in mutual trust. As Geller puts it, “re-cultivate a brother/sister keeper’s culture in which everyone looks out for each other’s safety on a daily basis.”

Geller launched the global Actively Caring for People (AC4P) Movement in 2007, which he says refers to any behavior that goes beyond the call of duty on behalf of the health, safety or welfare of another person.

Along with former police officer Bobby Kipper, founder and director of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, Geller has recently co-authored the book: Actively Caring for People Policing: Building Positive Police/Citizen Relations.

“Imagine a nation where police officers are viewed as positive, proactive agents of beneficial change—professionals who build constructive relations among the citizens they serve.”

About Dr. Geller

Scott Geller is a nationally recognized leader and author in the field of applied behavioral science and a member of the Virginia Tech faculty for the past 47 years. His recent book, Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People focuses on his passion for applying behavioral science and humanism (i.e., humanistic behaviorism) to improve human welfare on a large scale.

To secure a live or recorded video interview with Scott Geller from the Virginia Tech campus, contact Bill Foy in the Media Relations office at 540-231-8719 or 540-998-0288.  

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