Police executives across the country are considering changes to how law enforcement personnel will combat crime in an era of elevated scrutiny. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, in a letter to all personnel, acknowledged that police officers must “fight crime differently…with less street-stops…while better utilizing data, intelligence, and all the technology at [our] disposal.”
Similarly, in numerous legislative chambers throughout the nation, regulatory guidelines involving chokeholds, excessive force, on-the-job training, and more transparent officer misconduct reporting are poised to transform law enforcement behavior as we know it.
This conversation will highlight perspectives from prominent industry leaders and observers on the future of policing in America.
Please join the Thomson Reuters Institute, in partnership with the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, for this important panel discussion.
Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large, Reuters
Brad Davis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Forensic Logic, LLC
Dr. Edward McGuire, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Arizona State University
Lt. Tracy McCray, Vice President, San Francisco Police Officers Association
Jim Ritter, Owner, J.S. Ritter & Associates, LLC
Editor at Large
Axel Threlfall is Editor-at-Large, Reuters, based in London. Alongside his editorial duties, he hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters, such as the Newsmaker series and the World Economic Forum news programming in Davos. He was previously Lead European Anchor for Reuters Digital Video. Prior to joining Reuters, Axel spent four years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media. Axel is frequently asked to moderate events for international organizations, including the United Nations, the IMF and the OECD. He has a BA in History from Durham University and a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University, London.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Forensic Logic, LLC
Brad Davis is the President and CEO of Forensic Logic, LLC. For the past six years, Brad has been the architect of Forensic Logic’s transition from a regional software provider to a national network, spearheading the company’s expansion, fundraising, strategic partnerships and corporate development, including the acquisition of COPLINK from IBM. Before joining Forensic Logic, Brad served at Kissinger Associates and the Monitor Group, where he advised the defense and national security communities on topics of technological innovation. Brad is a decorated former U.S. Naval officer, having served in multiple campaigns in the Middle East. He holds an AB with high honors from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has served on numerous business and philanthropic boards.
Dr. Edward McGuire
Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Arizona State University
Edward Maguire is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University, where he also serves as an associate director of the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany in 1997.
Professor Maguire’s research focuses primarily on policing and violence. He is also interested in the application of criminology to the study of crime and justice issues in the developing world. His recent research has focused on procedural justice and legitimacy, police response to protests, gangs and gang violence, officer safety and wellness, and evaluating the impact of violent crime control initiatives.
Professor Maguire has lectured or carried out research in 24 nations on five continents. He has also written or edited five books and more than 90 journal articles and book chapters on various themes related to policing, violence, gangs, research methodology, and comparative criminology.
Outside of his academic career, Maguire is a martial artist and Brazilian jiu jitsu instructor.
Lt. Tracy McCray
San Francisco Police Officers Association
Lt. Tracy McCray served with the San Francisco Police Department at the San Francisco International Airport, Ingleside, Taraval, Bayview and Northern District Police Stations.
She oversaw the training of over 300 recruits as a 20-year Field Training Officer and later as the Field Training Coordinator.
She currently serves as a Lieutenant assigned to Northern Police Station in the Patrol Division.
Lt. McCray represented her fellow officers on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Police Officers Association as a Station Representative, Defense Representative, Sergeant at Arms and currently serves as the Vice President.
She holds a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University.
Prior to entering the San Francisco Police Department, she served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer.
J.S. Ritter & Associates, LLC
Jim Ritter was hired as a Deputy Sheriff in 1980 and by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in1983. Jim has served in various capacities within the SPD including Patrol, Human Resources, Background Investigations, Recruiting, Vice and as the Training Coordinator and a Union Director with with the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild. In 1997, Ritter developed and built the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum in an effort to educate the public and its police officers as to the Culture, Technological and Historical transitions within the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office since their inceptions. This was done in an effort to reduce public anxiety and “demystify” the police.
In 2014, Ritter was appointed by Chief Kathleen O’Toole as the SPD’s first full-time LGBTQ Liaison in an effort to respond to a variety of LGBTQ community concerns, including mistrust with police, increased hate crimes and a variety of other issues that impacted Seattle’s LGBTQ community relationships with the SPD. In 2014, Ritter developed the SPD’s SAFE PLACE Initiative that was designed to assist the victim’s of LGBTQ hate crimes and bring public awareness & attention to the inconsistencies regarding law enforcement’s responses to these crimes and the reasons victims did not report them. SPD SAFE PLACE was the first concept of its kind in U.S. history, where the police had taken the initiative, developed and implemented a public initiative to collaborate with businesses and schools to address Hate Crimes and Student Bullying.
Since 2014, Jim has continually traveled throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe assisting law enforcement agencies in enhancing their relationships with their LGBTQ communities. He has also testified before the Washington State Legislature and is a subject matter expert regarding LGBTQ/Police Relations, Hate Crimes and Community Collaboration.