Most discussions on how to curtail bad law enforcement behavior typically involve department diversity, greater transparency in internal review processes and wider use of body cameras.

The core issue however, is a lack of respect for black citizens.

We’ve tried community policing, citizen review boards and hiring and firing police chiefs. None have worked. Perhaps now, it’s the community’s turn to lead since departments have demonstrated an unwillingness or inability to control misconduct.

What if officers, working on renewable contracts had to face the communities they served to keep their jobs or earn promotions or raises? Would police respect black citizens then? Yes. Empowered communities would force police to self-correct.

We should put officer contract renewals to a public vote during municipal elections, allowing neighborhoods to purge officers with troubling service records. Citizens with the gravest standing should determine or influence officer contract renewals, raises, promotions and pensions.

Incentivizing good policing and penalizing bad policing would improve police/community relations while neutralizing the influence of police unions, which habitually block attempts to discipline or fire bad officers.

Until officers can expect real consequences from communities, the cycle of shooting fleeing subjects (like Dominique White) in the back, paid leave for officers and no charges filed by prosecutors, will continue. What we allow, we endorse.

This isn’t a finished idea. It’s the beginning of a conversation on how to move control of police closer to communities and how to create departments and command structures resembling served neighborhoods.

Black communities should demand their Constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law and not worry about whether police departments or police unions want to cede power.

Power concedes nothing without a demand.

Officers should patrol communities because residents want those officers there. Politicians have term limits, so why should officers — particularly bad ones — enjoy lifetime appointments over community objections?

Taxpayers can’t afford to stand pat. Chicago has paid more than half a billion dollars since 2005 to settle lawsuits against police officers, according to an investigation by The Chicago Reader.

Could greater community control cause problems? Sure.

Officers might avoid stopping motorists for fear of fielding contract-threatening complaints. Potential candidates might not apply, straining understaffed departments. Some officers might quit.

None of these issues however, supersede the toxic police mistrust and injustice in black communities. Yes, black communities rely heavily on police, and no, we can’t legislate love. But we can press police officers to respect black citizens the way they respect white citizens.

The Kansas African American Affairs Commission and the state NAACP haven’t endorsed it, but plan to explore this concept.

A Kansas police chief candidate once said racism wouldn’t necessarily be a deal-breaker in firing an officer. In contrast, black communities in Topeka, Wichita or Kansas City likely would.

In fact, police department job candidates should undergo polygraphed, implicit bias testing to eliminate applicants with racist or bullying predispositions. And lastly, communities — not police — should decide whether departments accepted military grade weapons and armaments.

Right now, police have too much power and too little accountability. Black communities don’t necessarily hate police. They hate the lack of culpability when police kill, and nothing happens.

Mark McCormick is a former newspaper columnist, crime and courts assignment editor and current BMe Vanguard Fellow.