CNA Out Front: Policing in the 21st Century – The Changing Role of Police in Our Democratic Society

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. Leaders at CNA, like Timothy Beres, James K. “Chips” Stewart, and Dr. James “Chip” Coldren, Jr. have spent their professional careers promoting research, technical assistance, and reform in policing. Today, they agree—as do many other policing leaders at all ranks—that policing in America stands at a threshold in its evolution.

To support the national movement toward reform in American policing, CNA convened an executive session on July 9, 2015, the third such session held at CNA since September 2014. This session brought together police leaders, police trainers, government agency leaders, police researchers, and community advocates (several of whom served on the President’s Task Force) to engage in a guided discussion on the future of policing in America, with the President’s Task Force report as the backdrop.

CNA invited such leaders to participate in the executive session to address several key questions on the minds of many:

  • What is your future vision for policing in America?
  • What needs to happen to make progress toward this vision?
  • What is happening currently in this regard?
  • How can we support efforts to make these needed changes?

This report lays out the responses provided to these questions—as well as the ensuing dialogue our presenters had with executive session participants—in a way that helps us all reach a better understanding of the changes needed in American policing, the changes coming, and how to stay in front of them.

To download a copy of the report, click here.

Recordings of the remarks and panels delivered at the session can be accessed by using the following links:


Elizabeth Cutler
Communications Program Manager

Liza Cordeiro
Senior Advisor Marketing