Executive Sessions on Policing

CNA, in partnership with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), convened its twelfth Executive Session on policing—Collaboration across the Criminal Justice System: Policing and Prosecution. During this Executive Session, attendees discussed the challenges police and prosecutors face when establishing and maintaining local and federal collaborative partnerships with each other and with external criminal justice partners, effective law enforcement prosecution strategies, data and information sharing, communication mechanisms, and community engagement.
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Officer safety and wellness has become a prominent topic in the justice domain. Keeping officers safe from harm, and in sound mental and physical shape, is a high priority for all involved in the criminal justice system. During this Executive Session, attendees discussed the challenges facing officers in the law enforcement and corrections settings; approaches, training programs, and equipment used across the criminal justice system to enhance officer safety and reduce harm; and innovations in officer health and wellness.
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In 2018, CNA's Executive Sessions on Policing take a look at Innovative Approaches to Reducing Violent Crime. On March 13, experts convened to review how local police agencies are using innovative approaches in the use of technology, intelligence, and analytics to support their efforts to reduce violent crime.
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Renewed focus on violent crime has brought to light the many innovative approaches police agencies and their criminal justice stakeholders use to address violent crime in their communities. This session reviewed the dynamic landscape of violent crime and its links to other crime and social problems, and discussed the effectiveness of promising, innovative practices in violence reduction.
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9:00 a.m.
Welcome: Katherine McGrady, President & CEO, CNA
9:10 a.m.
Introduction: James Coldren, Managing Director, Justice Programs, CNA
9:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote: David Muhlhausen, Director, National Institute of Justice
9:45 a.m.
Innovative Approaches to Violent Crime
Facilitator: Terry Gainer, Strategic Site Liaison, Public Safety Partnerships
  • Michael Thatcher, Captain, Compton, CA Police Department
  • Joseph McHale, Chief, Marion, IA Police Department
  • Trisha Stein, Director of Administrative Operations, Detroit, MI Police Department
10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Violent Crime: The Changing Landscape
Facilitator: Nola Joyce, Strategic Site Liaison, Public Safety Partnerships
  • William Jessup, Deputy Chief, Milwaukee, WI Police Department
  • Jasmine C. Moore, Violence Prevention Coordinator, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  • Hildy Saizow, Diagnostic Specialist for the St. Louis, MO Police Department
12:00 p.m.
Closing Keynote: Rodney Monroe, Senior Fellow, CNA

Communities across the country have experienced dramatic increases in opioid prescription abuse and heroin overdose deaths over the past several years. Health, justice, social service, and educational institutions have increased their efforts to combat, control, and reduce these problems. This Executive Session looked closely at the cooperative efforts of the justice and public health systems to address these problems, discussed the actions some local police agencies are taking to combat this challenge, and reviewed potential resources agencies and stakeholders can use in addressing this issue.
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Officer safety and wellness issues remain a pressing concern for law enforcement executives and personnel, policymakers, training providers, researchers, and communities. During this session, speakers discussed how approaches to officer safety and wellness have evolved over time and where we are now in understanding these issues. In the wake of police attacks and ambushes, we felt it was the time to consider what is working well regarding officer safety and wellness, and what we must prioritize in this area.
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The term ‘police reform’ has been used for decades to encompass the many changes within policing and law enforcement departments across the country, yet it is still important and valuable today to evaluate police practices and learn how to bring about change— both intended and unforeseen. In this session, law enforcement practitioners discussed the growing demand for departments to achieve more in areas such as training and technology.
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It is important to take stock of the improvements and advancements made in policing in America over the past decade, and to map a course for the next steps and desired advancement in American policing. This session convened federal leadership, representatives from key professional associations concerned with policing in America, and researchers on the front lines in police science, with the purpose of sharing ideas and looking for ways to work more collaboratively for the advancement of policing in America.
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CNA has been involved in policing research, training and technical assistance programs for police agencies, and police agency innovation and reform for more than a decade. To support the national movement toward reform in American policing, CNA convened an executive session to engage police leaders, police trainers, government agency leaders, police researchers, and community advocates in a guided discussion on the future of policing in America, with the President’s Task Force report as the backdrop.
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