The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing: Procedural Justice, Policing, and Public Health

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The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing: Procedural Justice, Policing, and Public Health

SIU Law Journal Symposium "The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing: Procedural Justice, Policing, and Public Health"

November 13, 2015
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL 

On March 2, 2015, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing presented its interim report to President Obama, who praised it as “a series of very specific, concrete, common-sense, efforts for us to build trust . . . [that] will be good for police and . . . communities.”  The Final Report of the President’s Task Force was released by the White House on May 18, 2015.

This symposium, co-sponsored with the SIU School of Medicine, will examine the Task Force’s report through a series of panels, organized around the report’s “pillars” of recommendations for improving American policing in the 21st century. It will view the problems and promise of 21st century policing not only through the lens of policing in a democratic society, but also in a wider perspective that considers the impact of public health at the front end of the criminal justice system.  

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Symposium Issue of SIU Law Journal


Panel 1: Building Trust and Legitimacy Toward Effective Community Policing

This panel will provide a foundation for the symposium based on the President’s Task Force Report discussing the importance of procedural justice in policing, building trust and legitimacy in communities while implementing policies and tools for crime reduction, constructive police/citizen interaction and community health challenges. 

Panel 2: Training, Education, Officer Wellness and Safety

This panel will discuss Task Force recommendations to improve officer training and education on 1) the disease of addiction, 2) interacting with diverse communities, and 3) use of force; and will also address officer wellness, measures to protect officer safety, and incorporating community health with community policing.

Panel 3: Public Health Implications at the Front End of the Criminal Justice System

This panel will discuss how violence impacts community health and, more specifically, the effects of trauma on youth. The panel will address identification of “at-risk” communities, and youth within communities, and discuss how and why police can understand the impact of traumatic environments on adolescent and adult functioning.

Panel 4: Implementing Public Health Related Task Force Recommendations

This panel will discuss ways to implement Task Force Recommendations that touch on or effect community health. Particular emphasis will be given to the relationship (or lack thereof) between criminal justice and the mental health treatment community. The panel will also identify key areas of medical and scientific research relating to both policing and our improving understanding of criminal justice system impacts.