The mission of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience (CPR) is to assist vulnerable communities, particularly communities of faith, to enhance their safety and their standing in society by improving their relationships with law enforcement, with other government agencies, and with other vulnerable communities.
The CPR mission "recognizes the world of vulnerable communities we now inhabit and the resurgence of hate that threatens them. Stated simply, the role of the center is to help break down barriers and instead to build bridges between vulnerable communities and law enforcement, vulnerable and majority communities and among the communities themselves"
- John J. Farmer, Jr.
- The mission is achieved through individualized site assessments of a given community's situation and security needs, then adjusting deliverables to meet those needs.
- The work performed is tailored to the needs of the individual communities.
- Site assessments are only performed after an invitation from either a vulnerable community, a government entity, or both.
Deliverables have included:
- conducting research in the form of extensive interviews
- developing and implementing training based on that research
- sharing best practices identified from other sites
- introducing similarly situated officials from different sites to share common challenges and develop common approaches
- engaging in follow-up visits and programming
- exposing select officials and community members to the history of the Holocaust and genocide prevention efforts through strategic partnerships, most notably with the International March of the Living
The need for the establishment of a Center for Community Protection and Resilience (“CPR”) dedicated to the protection of vulnerable populations is a direct outgrowth of Rutgers’ work over the past several years on the Faith-Based Communities Security Program. That program, which was launched in May 2014 in the wake of a lethal terrorist attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels, was founded in recognition of a rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe and America and of intolerance generally. The reality that almost a billion people now live in countries where they were not born, coupled with the continued struggles of historic minority populations, mean that we live as never before in a world of vulnerable populations. Events since the inception of the program – terrorist attacks in public settings such as stadiums, cafes, subway stations and airports, desecration of religiously affiliated buildings, schools and homes, and mass killings in churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues -- have, if anything, served to underscore both the vulnerabilities of certain populations and the growing levels of violence – verging, in some cases, on outright genocide -- directed at them.
We are grateful to Rutgers alumnus Paul S. Miller and the Miller Family Endowment, whose generous gifts to the Eagleton Institute and Rutgers Law provided the cornerstone for this new center.