21st century policing conference planned for campus

September 25, 2015
David Couper

PLATTEVILLE, Wis – The Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing: Implementing the President’s Task Force Recommendations, a free event sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Criminal Justice and co-sponsored by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ethnic Studies Program, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 7. in Ullsvik Hall. The conference, located in Velzy Commons, begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. followed by an optional facilitated group discussion.

The purpose of this conference is to educate attendees about President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which was created in response to the recent lack of trust that has occurred between police and the communities they serve. Topics to be discussed at the conference include implementing President Obama’s task force recommendations, “outside the box” police services, strengthening community trust in the police, and legal and moral perspectives on the use of deadly force by police.

“We are undergoing a crisis in policing today. The only way forward is for police and community leaders to come together and chart a way forward. This conference will enable critical discussion and action,” said David Couper, retired chief of the Madison Police Department in Madison, Wis., police author and one of the conference sponsors. “Throughout the years I have worked with and led police. I have never seen a working conference like this that has equal numbers of police and civic leaders registered. This is simply amazing.”

Guest speakers coming to the conference from around the country include: Susan Rahr, member of the President’s Task Force on Policing and the first female sheriff in King County, Wash.; Jim Mallery, captain of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in Kalamazoo, Mich.; Charles Huth, SWAT team commander for the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, Mo.; Everett Mitchell, pastor at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison, Wis. and former prosecutor; Couper; and Anthony Amato, vice-president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Dane County.

Respondents at the conference will be four UW-Platteville faculty members: Dr. Rosalyn Broussard, interim chair of interdisciplinary studies and professor of ethnic studies; Dr. Sabina Burton, associate professor of criminal justice; Dr. Frank King, assistant professor of ethnic studies; and Dr. Patrick Solar, assistant professor of criminal justice.

Anyone with questions about the conference can contact Dr. Staci Strobl, associate professor and chair of the criminal justice department, at 608-342-7664 or stroblst@uwplatt.edu.

Attendees are asked to pre-register in order to be eligible for a free box lunch. To pre-register and to see the day’s agenda go to improvingpolice.wordpress.com.

Written by: Sara Newquist, University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194, newquists@uwplatt.edu

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