Congratulations to Dr. Brian N. Williams and MPA Alumna Jennifer Zeunik (2007) for participating in the National Policy Summit on Police-Community Relations sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Orlando, Florida on October 23rd. The IACP, the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives, advances professional police service; promotes enhanced administrative, technical and operational practices; and fosters and facilitates the cooperation and exchange of information and experience among police leaders and police organizations throughout the world. The IACP held the summit to examine the future of police-community relationships in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and other locales in the US. The objective of this gathering was to develop a mandate for action that will move the state of community-police relations forward. Resulting publications will offer policy recommendations designed to enhance police-community relations, and provide law enforcement agencies and their communities with a collection of best practices to serve as a road map to build a more trusting and effective working relationship.
Dr. Williams and Ms. Zeunik were two of forty attendees from across the United States and Canada invited to participate. Other participants included police executives, community leaders, leaders of civil rights organizations and professional law enforcement associations, and police studies scholars.