The past few years have witnessed a public reckoning of policing in the United States, including a surge of public protests against officer-involved shootings and scrutiny of enforcement practices. Elected officials and police departments have responded by re-evaluating their policies and practices. And efforts like the 21st Century Task Force on Policing have set out an ambitious roadmap for changes to the policing profession, including restoring public trust, expanding community-based policing models, strengthening oversight of police, adopting new technologies, and training and supporting officers.
Since then it has largely fallen to police departments to implement these changes and achieve their intended effect by restoring public trust while keeping communities safe. They have an enormously important task – one that is made more difficult by the lack of data and evidence to guide their decisions. There is little empirical evidence to answer even the most critical questions, including how to measure, build and sustain public trust in police? How to implement community policing models and measure their impact? What is the appropriate role of police officers and how do we recruit, train, and support them in these roles?
The California Policy Lab is hosting a conference on November 30, 2018 that aims to explore each of these issues and provide a platform for exchanging research findings, new ideas, and lessons learned among law enforcement agencies working on similar problems.
We will hear from local and national law enforcement leaders, researchers, practitioners, and subject matter experts about the challenges of implementing policing reform on the ground, how to measure success, and how to develop evidence to guide future policy decisions. We hope this year’s conference will give participants the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in discussions on these topics with researchers, thought leaders, and the nation’s most innovative leaders in policing.
The California Policy Lab enables better lives through data-driven policy. We do this by generating evidence that transforms public policy by forming lasting partnerships between government and California’s flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We have sites at UCLA and UC Berkeley.
|8:30am – 9:30am||Registration and Breakfast|
|9:30am – 9:40am||Welcome|
|9:40am – 11:00am||Session 1: Collaborative research partnerships: leveraging data and science to inform policing innovations|
|11:00am – 12:15pm||Session 2: Building for the future: hiring and training police for the 21st Century|
|12:15pm – 12:30pm||Break|
|12:30pm – 1:30pm||Lunch & presentation|
|1:30pm – 3:00pm||Session 3: How we value our most valuable resource: the retention and wellness of law enforcement officers|
|3:00pm – 3:30pm||Break|
|3:30pm – 5:00pm||Session 4: Innovations in community policing: implementing new models and measuring their effects|
|5:00pm – 5:15pm||Concluding Remarks|
|5:30pm – 7:30pm||Reception|