Police and At Risk Communities: Building Bridges in Unexpected Ways
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Course #: W950
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Erikson Institute
Credit Available: CEUs; Social Work CEUs;
“To Protect and Serve”- Police in neighborhoods that struggle with community violence, lack of economic resources, and anti-police sentiment often have a tenuous relationship with citizens often feeling as if there is no longer a service component to policing. This workshop will explore a brief history of policing in the United States, systems of oppression, and training gaps that impact police effectiveness. From the perspective of a community social worker and juvenile police detective working with at risk youth and families, we will explore some of the innovative programs and police shifts that have the potential to build trust and safety. These programs include philosophies of community policing, exploring innovative police outreach programs, and highlighting youth engagement programs that strive to build bridges in the communities they serve in unexpected ways.