Accountability and Transparency in Law Enforcement: Shaping New Beginnings
Thursday, Nov 12, 2020
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Accountability and Transparency in Law Enforcement:
Shaping New Beginnings
A virtual event
November 12th, 2020 12:00 pm -4:00 pm ET
Hear from a diverse group of distinguished experts from across the nation as they discuss the most crucial topics facing law enforcement today. Learn how law enforcement and oversight groups are navigating through a series of crises – what methods have succeeded, and what has been learned from failures. The panels will be discussing how the trust gap between law enforcement and the community can be mended, as well as the role of the media in the responsible and ethical reporting of police interactions with the public such as officer involved shootings.
Current challenges will be addressed including:
- How can officers and departments achieve effective policing amid fast evolving transparency expectations and accountability standards?
- How can police departments build community trust to minimize the effects of protests?
- What reform strategies have been implemented and which have been effective/not effective?
A half-day event filled with industry experts with multiple session formats such as interview style, presentations and panel discussions. 4 hours of NASBA CPE credits.
Philip Eure is the New York City Police Department’s first Inspector General. A transformational leader with a background of police accountability and independent police oversight, Mr. Eure leads the agency by investigating, adjudicating and mediating complaints of alleged police misconduct. He issues investigative reports and recommends improvements to the largest police force in the nation. He previously served as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia’s Office of Police Complaints and as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He is also the former President of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE).
Mr. Eure appears regularly as a panelist and presenter on police oversight issues nationally and in other countries, including Brazil and Canada. Mr. Eure has a law degree from Harvard and a Political Science degree from Stanford. His work and thought leadership on independent police oversight have been covered by multiple newspapers and media outlets nationwide including CBS and The New York Times.
Dr. Carrie Steiner
A nationally recognized police psychologist & trauma expert, Dr. Steiner is the founder and CEO of First Responders Wellness Center, a private practice full-service agency that meets the needs of police and first responders’ emotional wellness. She regularly provides expert witness testimony pertaining to independent psychological, disability and independent medical evaluations. Dr. Steiner is a 13-year former Chicago Police Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Leader, and Chicago Police Academy instructor. Multiple media outlets and publications call on her expertise to comment on crisis intervention, officer wellness, cumulative trauma, police suicide, mental illness and police response, Peer support, and PTSD.
Dr. Jeffry Phillips
A Law Enforcement Risk and Internal Controls expert and researcher, Dr. Phillips has served over 25 years with local and federal law enforcement agencies. His research specializes in using law enforcement performance auditing as performance measures, inspiring insight on “The Missing Link” in law enforcement performance measurement. He is currently the commanding officer of the Evidence and Property Management Division for the Los Angeles Police Department and has served in many capacities including commanding officer for the Audit Division and Chief Audit Executive.
Dr. Phillips teaches Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and Research Methods at the California State University at Los Angeles. He has published numerous articles in academic and professional journals and speaks to many audiences on law enforcement performance auditing including the Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Local Government Auditors, International Law Enforcement Auditor’s Association, American Society for Criminology, International Association Chief’s of Police, and Rutgers University. Dr. Phillips has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University at Los Angeles and a Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA) from the University of La Verne.
Deborah Witzburg serves as the City of Chicago’s Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety. She previously served as an Assistant Inspector General, Chief Investigator for Public Safety, and Associate General Counsel for Public Safety. Ms. Witzburg previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted a wide range of misdemeanor and felony cases and was assigned to the State’s Attorney’s Community Justice Center. Ms. Witzburg earned a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
Stephanie Bell Blondell
Stephanie Blondell is an Associate Professor of Law and Practice at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law with a focus on conflict resolution. She leads the Conflict Resolution initiative between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Professor Blondell directs the Mediation Clinic and teaches Mediation Theory and Practice and the Psychology of Conflict. Prior to joining Pepperdine, she served in the Seattle area as the Manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group, a tri-county labor-management and public policy mediation program. Her work for the City of Seattle as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator included designing and implementing a labor and employment mediation program for the city government.
Professor Blondell served as an adjunct at Seattle University School of Law, and as an assistant affiliate professor at the University of Washington Master’s in Public Administration Program. She earned her B.A. with Honors in American Civilization from Brown University and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law
Emmy-award winning journalist and media relations expert Josh Rubenstein is the LAPDs Public Information Director and Commanding Officer where he serves as communication advisor to the Chief of Police and leads the Department’s strategic communications, digital media and internal communications. His department closely coordinates public messaging with the Office of the Mayor, Los Angeles Fire Department, and other government agencies on media responses to critical incidents and strategic initiatives. Director Rubenstein consults nationally on crisis communications and best practices on body cam and cell phone video footage news releases. He is a former co-chair of LAPD’s North Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board and a recipient of numerous Golden Mic Awards and two Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. Director Rubenstein has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a Master’s in Public Administration and Urban Planning from California State University, Northridge.
Jeffrey Noble is a noted speaker, author, and expert in police misconduct and use of force investigations. He has testified in cases of national interest including the shooting deaths of Tamir Rice and Philandro Castille and has been retained as an expert in over 250 cases testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs and the defense and in criminal cases. Mr. Noble now consults nationally, performing independent police practices inquiries as an expert witness. Mr. Noble is the co-author of two textbooks on police accountability entitled, “Managing Accountability Systems for Police Conduct: Internal Affairs and External Oversight,” and “Evaluating Police Uses of Force.” He has authored numerous articles on policing matters in many publications including Police Quarterly, Police Chief Magazine, The Tactical Edge, the U.S. Department of Justice Community Links Newsletter, the Journal of California Law Enforcement, and The Atlantic. Mr. Noble earned his JD from Western State University College of Law and is a licensed attorney in the State of California.
Robert “Bob” McFarlane is a retired police officer from Oakland, California. Bob’s duties with the Oakland Police Department included patrol operations, vice investigations, narcotics investigations, Entry Team Member on the Department’s Tactical Team, Field Training Officer and civil litigation. Bob provides forensic image analysis for local government agencies and their counsel, district attorney’s offices, and defense counsel in complex and high-profile civil, criminal, and administrative matters. Bob has a B.S. in Criminal Justice Management and is training in video forensics by the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association International, Inc. and he is a lifetime member of the International Association for Identification.
Emmy-award winning communications and crisis management professional, Anthony Guglielmi has served as the chief communications officer and lead spokesman for three of the nation’s largest police departments. He leads all aspects of media relations, employee and external communications for the Fairfax County police department in Virginia. As chief communications officer for the Chicago police department, Mr. Guglielmi developed the Department’s communications and transparency strategy around the 2014 police-shooting of Laquan McDonald and federal consent decree; the 2018 active-shooter tragedy at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital and the 2019 prosecution of actor Jussie Smollett. Guglielmi was the architect of a strategic communications and media strategy that assisted Chicago police detectives to secure a confession from co-conspirators in the Smollett case. In March of 2020, he was asked by the US State Department to assist the Haitian National Police Department with building a communications and public engagement function following the withdrawal of UN support services. He co-chairs the Public Information Committee for the Major Cities (Police) Chiefs’ Association and instructor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a law enforcement, public engagement and crisis communications speaker for the U.S. State Department.
Arif Alikhan President, TacLogix Inc. and Former LAPD Director of Constitutional Policing and Policy. Also, he is President of Alikhan Insights LLC, a public safety consultancy dedicated to helping police agencies protect communities through constitutional policing and community partnerships. He is an accomplished senior government executive, former federal prosecutor, educator, and thought leader with over 25 years of experience in local and federal law enforcement. He is a nationally recognized expert on constitutional policing, consent-decree reform, policy development, law enforcement technology, and organizational leadership in public safety. Mr. Alikhan’s government service includes nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor and serving as senior advisor to two U.S. Attorneys General.
He most recently served as the Director of Constitutional Policing and Policy for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) where he and his team developed the LAPD’s policies and procedures, managed its legal affairs and risk management initiatives, administered internal auditing and compliance programs, and maintained the numerous structural reforms instituted while the LAPD was subject to a federal consent. Mr. Alikhan and his team also coordinated all governmental and legislative affairs and oversaw LAPD’s community relations, media relations, and youth programs. Mr. Alikhan earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a graduate of the LAPD’s Reserve Police Officer Academy and is a certified advanced academy instructor.
Toby Groves, Ph.D.
Dr. Groves is a researcher on social cognitive psychology. He has spent the past decade researching critical thinking, transparency, authenticity, culture, and diversity. Toby authored a first of its kind scientific study on dynamic thinking focused on auditors. Toby speaks to audiences of leaders and decision makers teaching a new approach to critical thinking that is the culmination of nearly 20 years of study.