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The Law Enforcement Community: A Network of Support for Lasting Change

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This year has brought an increased number of protests, riots, and violence, making the role that law enforcement has within our communities more relevant than ever before. Each day, leaders from numerous departments, agencies, universities, organizations, and associations across the country work together to learn, lead, and listen for ways to improve policing and strengthen communities.

However, communication of these efforts often falls short: community members are not always aware of steps undertaken to bolster their own communities, while those within law enforcement may miss opportunities to share successes and learn new ideas from their own colleagues. This program will aim to bridge some of those communication gaps by introducing our audience to key supporters from the law enforcement community who will share examples of how they and their organizations contribute to creating safer communities.

During this conversation, our audience will also learn about and will receive an invitation to the new Community Alliances and Law Enforcement Bulletin Network, also known as CALEB, a new social media platform design to foster conversations like this one.

The CALEB Network was made possible by

Additional support provided by

Thomson-Reuters

Moderator:

  • Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large, Reuters

Introduction:

  • Thomas Canavan, Executive Director, National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum

Welcome:

  • Steve LaGanke, Global Marketing Manager – Defense, DuPont
  • Sharon Sayles Belton, Vice President, Government Affairs and Community Relations, Thomson Reuters

Participants:

  • Chief Jeffrey Glover, Tempe, AZ
  • Chief Brian R. Peete, Montpelier, VT
  • Florence Chung, Founder and CEO, Engage Public Safety
  • Rev. Markel Hutchins, CEO, MovementForward, Inc.
  • Renee Mitchell, President, American Society of Evidence-Based Policing

Axel Threlfall

Axel Threlfall

Axel Threlfall

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 five 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. He has a BA in History from Durham University and a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University, London.

Chief Jeffrey Glover

Chief Jeffrey Glover

Chief Jeffrey Glover

Interim Chief Jeffrey D. Glover began his career with the Tempe Police Department in October of 1999 and has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He has steadily worked his way through the ranks, serving the department in a variety of capacities.  He has worked as a Field Training Officer providing recruits with mentorship and insight into the department, a Narcotics Detective, Crime Prevention Detective, Media Relations Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Detention Manager, Acting Commander over 21st Century Policing and served the department as Commander over the Criminal and Special Investigations Division to include Homicide, Narcotics and SWAT Team prior to his retirement from the Department in February 2020. On October 12, 2020, returned to the Tempe Police Department as Interim Chief of Police.

From this rich work experience, Chief Glover has provided diversity training and firsthand knowledge of the African American perspective on community policing. He has emphasized promoting community involvement and education; and provides instruction on various topics including leadership, ethics and professionalism, team dynamics, Fair and Impartial Policing, cultural awareness and diversity.

Chief Brian R. Peete

Brian Peete

Chief Brian R. Peete

Brian R. Peete is the Chief of Police for Montpelier, the Capitol City of the State of Vermont, where he leads a dedicated Police Department of 27 Full time members of officers, administrators, parking enforcement and regional emergency communications dispatch personnel for a daytime population of over twenty thousand. Prior to Montpelier, he was the Chief for the Alamogordo Police Department in New Mexico: a municipal agency of 88 sworn and non-sworn staff for a population of thirty-two thousand residents. Brian served in the City of Chicago’s Inspector General’s Office as the Chief Forensic Audit Investigator for Public Safety (Police Accountability), and as one of the IG’s Chief Investigators. He also served within the Chicago Police Department for nearly ten years as a Patrolman, Field Training Officer and Fusion Center Analyst. Chief Peete has served in federal law enforcement as a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in the positions of Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge (Operations Officer), Detachment 206 Las Vegas, NV, where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and coordinated U.S. and Afghan forces in over 150 counter-espionage, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and force protection missions, and as the Regional Manager for Operations Enhancement, 2nd Field Investigations Region at Langley Air Force Base responsible for the investigations and operations for over 400 Special Agents in 31 AFOSI offices worldwide to include Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Brian was an Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Officer and commanded three separate Maintenance Flights for C-130 and F-117a aircraft. Chief Peete is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and has an M.A. in Police Psychology and a B.S. in Sociology with an emphasis on Employment Relations. In all, he has collectively managed over 1000 people, 14 facilities, and over $1B of assets and operating budgets throughout his professional career. He holds the position of 1st President for the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police, serves on the CIT International Board of Directors, and is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers.

Florence Chung

Florence Chung

Florence Chung

Florence Chung is the Chief Engagement Officer of The Hetty Group, a community engagement consulting firm with a niche focus on public safety. She spent 20 years at the intersection of law enforcement and the community. Florence develops corporate social responsibility strategies to engage the business community in creating safer organizations and cities.

Florence is also the founder of the non-profit Engage Public Safety, which launched in 2020 in response to racial justice and police brutality protests, with a mission to engage everyday people in the public safety challenges in our cities. Through this effort, Florence has engaged organizations looking to improve policing and police-community relations, partnering with organizations such as the National Gen Z and Millennial Community (NMC), Coaches 4Change, several Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s), the Atlanta Police Foundation, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund & Museum, and law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Florence’s personal community engagement includes having served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, New York City Police Foundation, Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers and the University of Southern California’s Asian American Alumni Association. She also served as a City Commissioner under appointment by the Mayor of Los Angeles. Florence is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing, Programs & Administration, from the University of Southern California (USC). Florence currently resides in Los Angeles.

Reverend Markel Hutchins

Reverend Markel Hutchins

Reverend Markel Hutchins

The Reverend Markel Hutchins is the visionary behind MovementForward, Inc. (MFI) and the One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) initiative. A renowned activist, professional speaker, businessman and social entrepreneur, he has led countless humanitarian causes over the past two decades. Heeding Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call to “make a career of humanity,” Hutchins has earned a national reputation advocating fairness and equality. He has held senior leadership positions in numerous organizations and is among the nation’s leading voices on an array of issues including human and civil rights, national politics, social justice, peace and other matters of public interest. Reverend Hutchins is presently President and CEO of MFI, a modern, inclusive and bridge-building social change organization, and National Lead Organizer of the OneCOP initiative.

From 1997 until 2006, Hutchins simultaneously served as National President and CEO of the National Youth Connection (N.Y.C.), Inc., then America’s only young-adult led civil rights group, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of its research and education fund, the National Youth Challenge, Inc. He was also a one-time congressional candidate, and is a well-known figure in the metro-Atlanta community having led many high profile civil rights efforts, most notably the case of 92-year old Kathryn Johnston who was killed by Atlanta police in a botched drug raid in 2006 and the case of 18-year old police shooting victim Corey Ward in 2002.  In 2009, Hutchins led more than 100 Atlanta-area church pastors and 25 police chiefs in initiating the “One Church – One Precinct” effort aimed at uniting law enforcement and faith-based communities in addressing crime and violence objectively. Additionally, he has led thousands of participants in some of this region’s largest public demonstrations.

Prior to co-founding MFI in 2015, he was Managing Principal and CEO of MRH-LLC, a management and communications consulting firm that advised corporations, labor unions, small businesses and religious institutions on matters of diversity, public affairs and crisis management.

Renée J. Mitchell

Renée J. Mitchell

Renée J. Mitchell

Renée J. Mitchell served in the Sacramento Police Department for twenty-two years and is currently a Senior Police Researcher with RTI International. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, a M.B.A., a J.D., and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. She was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow. You can view her TEDx talks, “Research Not Riots” and “Policing Needs to Change: Trust me I’m a Cop”, where she advocates for evidence-based policing. She is the co-founder and executive committee member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing. She has taught and lectured internationally on evidence-based policing. Her research areas include policing, evidence-based crime prevention, evaluation research and methods, place-based criminology, 911 calls for service, and implicit bias training. She has published her work in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing. Her books include Evidence Based Policing: An introduction, Implementing Evidence-Based Research: A How to Guide for Police Organizations, and her forthcoming book Twenty-one Mental Models That Can Change Policing: A Framework for Using Data and Research for Overcoming Cognitive Bias.

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