Criminal Justice News

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Strengthening Law Enforcement-Community Relations

Friday, September 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Office of Justice Programs, Third Floor Ballroom
810 Seventh Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Moderator: Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
  • Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
  • Sue Rahr, Executive Director, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Anthony A. Braga, Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology, Rutgers University, and Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and
  • Management at Harvard University
Description: Recent events on the national stage such as the events in Ferguson and Baltimore, combined with media images of officers atop armored vehicles, dressed in military fatigues and armed with rifles, have thrust the issue of police-community relations to the national spotlight. With the public demanding increased legitimacy and accountability from law enforcement agencies, how do police executives develop and support a culture of policing that reinforces the importance of community engagement in managing public safety—while also enhancing officer morale?

Perhaps, as Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Executive Director Sue Rahr suggests, law enforcement leaders need to shift their agency’s culture from that of a warrior to that of a guardian. She recommends leaders transform training programs, encourage tactical social interaction and promote justice-based policing, which uses the principles of procedural justice.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey believes that law enforcement officers need to show respect to those they are sworn to protect, hoping that police see themselves as a thread woven through the communities they serve through respectful interactions, and ensuring the protection of constitutional rights as a first priority.

Anthony Braga, Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology at Rutgers University and Harvard University Senior Research Fellow, believes police executives must be cautious and considerate when describing urban violence patterns to improve police-minority community relations.

Join us for this upcoming Research for the Real World seminar where forward-looking figures in the law enforcement community discuss their contributions to the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety and examine how law enforcement can be improved through the adoption of community-minded policies.

RSVP: For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ted Robinson at
  or 202-616-1739.

This seminar is free, but you must RSVP to gain access to the OJP building. Please allow 20 minutes to get through security

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