The overarching goal of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience (CPR) and its partners is to implement programs and projects that protect vulnerable populations by identifying and disseminating best practices, offering police-community training workshops, consulting with and assisting vulnerable populations on security and civil liberties issues, and engaging in research relevant to the protection of vulnerable populations. CPR is a partnership between the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Rutgers Law School, and draws upon expertise resident in other academic units within Rutgers University. CPR will also enter into strategic partnerships with universities in Europe and the United States, and with other public, private and non-profit partners.
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 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.