CNA Executive Session on Policing

The Future of Police Reform Efforts in the U.S.
Monday, May 9, 2016
1:00 to 4:45 PM
Location: CNA, Arlington, VA

Bringing positive change to policing in America remains a focus of the U.S. Department of Justice through such initiatives as the National Initiative on Building Community Trust, Collaborative Reform for Technical Assistance, Civil Rights Division Consent Decrees, Smart Policing, the Violence Reduction Network, the Body Worn Cameras Pilot Implementation Program, the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation initiative, and more. As the nation progresses with 21st Century Policing, we should take stock of the improvements and advancement made in policing in America over the past decade, and we should map a course for the next steps and desired advancement in American policing. This session will convene 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.


Welcome and Introductions: Professor Laurie Robinson, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Crime and Public Policy, George Mason University; Co-Chair, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Roy L. Austin, Jr. (Tentative), Deputy Assistant to the President, Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity

Panel 1: Federal Perspectives

Representatives from the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; and the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs will discuss their unique and complementary efforts at improving police practices, building trust and confidence in the police in American communities, and at reducing institutional bias in policing. They will also discuss the opportunities they see for collaboration and cooperation with the practitioner and research communities in promoting positive changes in American policing.

Panel 2: Practitioner Perspectives

Representatives from several professional policing associations will discuss their perspectives on the progress achieved in American policing over the past decade, with special attention to the work yet to be done, especially in light of the report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. They, too, will discuss the opportunities they see for collaboration and cooperation for the sake of advancement in policing. 

Panel 3: Research Perspectives

Representatives from several research organizations will present their perspectives on what we have learned about progress and challenges in American policing over the past decade, with a focus on research that is still needed and, most importantly, how that research can be better integrated into police operations and administration.

Closing Remarks: Charles Ramsey, former Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department; Co-Chair, President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing



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