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2022 Innovations in Public Safety

Community Responder Models

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A panel discussion with representatives from cities across the country that are dispatching civilian first responders with mediation skills and neighborhood experience in response to calls beyond mental health. These situations could include reports, disturbances, suspicious persons, trespassing incidents, noise complaints, other quality-of-life concerns, and lower-risk neighborhood conflicts. Followed by Q&A

2021 Reimagine Policing

A Public Health approach to Violence Prevention

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A panel discussion and Q&A discussing using a public health approach to preventing violence that relies on relationship, resources and supports for targeted at those most at risk of being violence involved. 

Power Points: Advance Peace, Office of Community Safety, Vera Institute

Community-based Emergency First Response

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A panel and Q&A exploring models of Community-based Emergency First Response to incidents of behavioral health crisis, homelessness, wellness checks and all those tasks where a badge and a gun are necessary and often harmful.


Non-Police Traffic Safety

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A panel discussion and Q&A exploring the idea of non-police traffic safety. We'll be speaking with officials from Berkeley and Minneapolis who are in the process of removing police from some traffic stops as well as professors Alex Vitale and Derek Epp, who have researched and written important books related to this topic.

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)

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A panel discussion and Q&A discussing the benefits of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). LEAD is a pre-arrest diversion program that improves public safety and public health through partnership between police and community service providers. In a LEAD program, when an individual comes into contact with law enforcement due to substance use, mental health, or poverty, police officers can choose to divert them into an intensive case management program—instead of arresting them.

Community Control of Police Surveillance

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A panel discussion and Q&A discussing the Community's role in the Control of Police Surveillance. The Community Control Over Police Surveillance (CCOPS) ordinance aims to protect privacy, civil liberties, and the democratic process by requiring police departments to get community buy-in before acquiring new surveillance technologies. The ordinance sets up a democratic, transparent process so the public is fully informed and engaged in the conversation about what police departments are doing, and why."