We bring you and your colleagues together to work on the leading challenges confronting the law enforcement field. At our forums, we work collectively to identify root causes, develop solutions and initiate the partnerships needed to be successful. Take a look at the forums below to see the key issues we've been working on in 2016.
The 'Gender, Sexuality, and 21st Century Policing: Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ + People' Forum was hosted by the COPS office on July 21, 2016 in Washington, DC and included police executives, subject matter experts, and advocates from across the country. Participants discussed specific strategies and best practices for collaboration between law enforcement and the LGBTQ + community, as well as the barriers and challenges related to interaction with law enforcement and issues of bias and implicit bias. Speakers at the forum included Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, Vanita Gupta, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, and Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Esq., White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.
For information on law enforcement response to LGBTQ + Crimes and Victimization, please see Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: A roundtable discussion.
The “Law Enforcement and Public Health: Successful Partnerships in Addressing Opioid Use Forum” was hosted by the COPS office, in partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016. The forum included advocates, civil rights organizations, public health agencies, law enforcement executive and academia. Participants discussed partnerships for treatment and recovery; the use of naloxone deployment programs and best practices to mitigate injection drug use; and improving access to data and intelligence between law enforcement and public health services.
ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli and COPS Director Ronald L. Davis highlighted the partnership between their agencies to facilitate efforts to address opioid use in this country. ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli and COPS Director Ronald L. Davis highlighted the partnership between their agencies to facilitate efforts to address opioid use in this country. Check out some of the COPS Office resources on the topic.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch with participants
at the Rank & File Forum
Over 40 officers representing police departments and sheriff’s offices from across the country attended the “Rank and File Forum” held by the COPS Office, in partnership with Strategic Applications International (SAI), on April 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Discussions focused on officer safety and wellness, community and police relationships, and strategies for implementing the recommendations outlined in the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates made opening remarks at the forum and Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General discussed the work of the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch gave closing remarks for the event and had an opportunity to take questions and engage with officers around the issues of officer safety and wellness as well as community engagement. Attorney General Lynch remarked “[The DOJ] really needs to hear from [those of you on the front lines everyday], those of you actively engaged in community policing, about...how it is going, but also what you need from us, what does help.”
Police officers and executives, community advocates and academia came together with the COPS Office and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) on April 7, 2016 in Washington, DC to discuss “The Police Response to Mass Demonstrations.” The event focused on the changing nature of civil protests and the shifting philosophies that motivate protestors, as well as how best to adjust police responses to mass demonstrations.
Guest speaker Paul Monteiro, Acting Director, Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) discussed the role and mission of CRS in facilitating solutions for community conflicts. Forum participants also addressed a number of issues including: the nature of civil protests; training and preparation for demonstrations; social media and communication; accountability and transparency; and promising practices for law enforcement agencies to adopt in their response to mass demonstrations.
A report on this is convening is forthcoming.
The COPS Office, the International Association of Directors for Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), and Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) organizations came together to discuss the development of national training goals that support the recommendations of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The discussions explored the role of training in changing the culture of policing.
White House Counsel Neil Eggleston provided the keynote speech, noting that “The state POSTs are in a unique position to play the part of change agents by taking the Task Force's action items and incorporating them as fundamental components of basic recruit and in-service officer training.”