Law Enforcement Summit
Transparency & Accountability
Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Clearwater, Florida
Monday, June 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction: Jim Spearing, Host, JMS Associates, Tallahassee Florida
9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Police Reform Legislative Outlook: A National Perspective
Michael McHale, President, National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), Washington, D.C.
An overview of pending national police reform legislative initiatives for 2017 and the likely political strategies by proponents/opponents of bills to expand transparency and accountability in police operations.
9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
State legislation: Major Challenges for Police Public Policy
Matt Puckett, Executive Director, Florida Police Benevolent Association, Tallahassee, Florida
Review of state legislative initiatives to increase transparency and accountability; A “Good Ideas vs. Bad Ideas” proposed by various states in response to critical incidents involving police; Predictions of the likelihood of successful passage of anti-police initiatives in various states.
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Bridging the Gap: Police and Community Relations Experiment in Houston
Corey Wilson, Archbishop, International Church Fellowship of Houston, Texas
Ray Hunt, Senior Police Officer, City of Houston, Texas; President, Houston Police Officer’s Union
Following a string of public disturbances that tested the relationship between Houston Police and the community they serve, Bishop Wilson joined with Houston Police Officer Ray Hunt to create a unique and ongoing way to reconnect with the community. The nationally televised Houston “Pray with Police” campaign will be featured along with other tips agencies can use to better develop community relationships.
11:15 a.m to 11:30 a.m. — Break
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Media Relations Crisis Management: Getting the Facts Out While Defending Your Agency
Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County, Florida
Therese Barbera, Communications Director. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Bradshaw will share his overall philosophical approach to community relations including examples of both internal crisis management (deaths of Deputies by one of our own) and outside situations regarding officer-involved shootings.
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. — Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Community Outreach BEFORE Critical Incidents: Laying the Foundation for Cooperation, Not Confrontation
Wayne Ivey, Sheriff, Brevard County, Florida
Sheriff Ivey will discuss a series of public education/participation programs that have proven effective in developing deep relationships within the community. “It’s Time to be a Parent Again,” “Wheel of Fugitives,” and “BAM” are but a few of the innovative schemes you can use to deepen relationships with various segments of the community BEFORE adverse incidents occur.
2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Citizen Review Boards: Confronting Political Agendas
Jim Spearing, Owner, JMS Associates
Having served nearly thirty years as a political consultant to the police, Mr. Spearing will discuss ways to confront biases and political agendas of some Citizen Review Boards to ensure fairness and impartiality in use of force investigations. Topics will include message development, media relations and direct voter communications strategies to counter anti-police activism on CRBs.
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Break
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Transparency in Policing: The Civil Libertarian View
Natalie Kato, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Ms. Kato will discuss civilian overview of police operations, involvement in agency decision making, release of sensitive information and agency response to officer misconduct.
3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Round Table Discussion – Transparency Without Risking Safety
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Public Perceptions of Law Enforcement and its Impact on Public Safety
Steven J. Vancore, Owner, Vancore/Jones Communications, Tallahassee, Florida
A nationally recognized pollster and political strategist, Steven J. Vancore will release up-to-date survey research on voter attitudes towards police transparency and impressions of police misconduct on community relations.
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Race, Diversity, & Police Legitimacy In Community Relations
Lorenzo Boyd, Ph.D., Chair, Criminal Justice Department. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
As a former deputy sheriff and current police consultant and policing scholar, Dr. Boyd is uniquely qualified to discuss urban policing and the perceived level of “legitimacy” of police authority in community relations. Dr. Boyd will review community strategies that work, and don’t work with an eye toward reestablishing trust and confidence between police and the community they serve.
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Bridging the Gap: Improving Police/Community Relations in America Today
Southern Poverty Law Center
A representative of one of our nation’s oldest and highly respected civil rights organization will focus on charges of officer misconduct, transparency in police procedures, and recommendations to bridge police and community relations.
10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Break
11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Policing America: Must Needed Change and Implications for the Profession
Ron DeLord, Labor & Employment Attorney, DeLord & Associates
As a national police labor leader, Ron DeLord will review the state of policing in America today and the implication of recent events on law enforcement recruitment and retention. As legal counsel having represented thousands of rank-and-file law enforcement officers, Ron will offer his prescription for better police/community relations and changes he feels the profession must embrace in the future.
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Round Table Discussion – Accountability & Public Trust
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. — Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Sticking Up for the Police: Accountability Goes Both Ways
John Rivera, President, Dade County Police Benevolent Association, Miami, Florida
As police union leader for one of America’s most violent counties, John Rivera has confronted all manner of community relations crises. He has created a series of public/police initiatives in the multi-cultural vacuum that is Miami-Dade County Florida, including educational campaigns featuring the dangers of police work. Mr. Rivera will share proactive public outreach strategies and crisis management methods that work in a multi-ethnic environment.
1:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Officer Psychology in Today’s Environment: A Street Level View
Larry Fagan, Attorney, Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association, Palm Beach, Florida
As an attorney who routinely shows up “on scene” to represent officers in critical incidents, Larry Fagan is in touch with street officers and their daily concerns. Mr. Fagan will offer his insight into the “Ferguson Effect” and the impact of recent events on how officers view the risks associated with proactive policing today.
2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. — Break
2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Round Up Discussion