For Immediate Release
July 28, 2015
CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Today Major Cities Chiefs Association in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is holding the second in a series of leadership roundtable discussions with police departments across the country to implement the recommendations from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The discussions explore challenges associated with implementation, experiences and lessons from agencies that may have implemented some of the recommendations and the role of senior leaders making the changes called for in the report. Key ideas from the discussion will be captured and shared with the field through a report.
“I applaud your participation and commitment to implementing the Task Force report recommendations,” COPS Office Director Ronald Davis told the group of law enforcement leaders gathered in Arlington, Texas. “Your work will not only help strengthen relationships of trust in your communities, but will inspire the field to bring about change in communities across the country.”
Today in Arlington, law enforcement leaders will share what their respective agencies are doing with regard to implementing the report recommendations, and discuss the recommendations focusing on transparency and accountability, procedural justice, measuring trust, civilian oversight and comprehensive policy development.
Today's convening is the second of three roundtables that are taking place around the country. MCCA, with COPS Office support, held the first roundtable on June 16 in Nashville, Tenn. The final roundtable will take place on Aug. 20 in Tucson, Ariz.
The roundtables focus on core recommendations from the Task Force, including transparency, accountability, comprehensive use of force policies, practices and training, and civilian oversight. In addition, each roundtable will focus on three additional recommendations.
Law enforcement leaders in Arlington will focus on policies and strategies to reduce crime in communities disproportionately affected by crime by improving community engagement and cooperation; best practices for technology-based community engagement; and policies and strategies that reinforce the importance of community engagement in managing public safety. The Tucson roundtable will focus on partnerships with youth, leadership training, and officer safety and wellness.
The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 126,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance. For additional information about COPS, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.