Preventing Community Crisis: Implicit Bias, Procedural Justice and Police-Community Partnerships

A practical two-day workshop for small and mid-sized agencies on key topics in contemporary policing. 

Gain new actionable strategies for developing crisis-proof community partnerships. Learn to apply our proprietary Police-Community Partnership Checklist for assessment and planning. Recognize implicit bias and minimize its effects, and be able to update and establish policies that nourish an environment of procedural justice.

Chiefs of police, sheriffs, senior police executives, mayors, city managers, and senior staff members of municipal and city government and multiple representatives from participating organizations are encouraged to attend.

The workshop is led by experienced law enforcement practitioners and leading researchers. See the list of presenters below. 

Expected Outcomes for Participants

  • Clarify and define your agency's status with stakeholders in the community. Gain valuable tools for how to strengthen it.
  • Apply the Police-Community Partnership Checklist for evaluation and planning.
  • Get practical recommendations for addressing implicit bias and implementing procedural justice.
  • Engage in dialogue with other law enforcement leaders and academic experts. 
  • Gain valuable insight into the the "six pillars" for improving police organizations introduced in the recent report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Reactions from Past Participants

  • "The experience was eye-opening"
  • "Very helpful in providing tools to bring back to my department."
  • "I would highly recommend that others attend. I really appreciated the distinguished speakers."
  • "A must attend. The workshop provided the insights we need to police the community and to meet the expectations of our society."



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TR Carr

T.R. Carr, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Carr has extensive experience in research, teaching, and practice related to reform and economic development of municipal government. A three-term mayor of Hazelwood, MO, Dr. Carr was a member of the Ferguson Commission appointed by Gov. Nixon in 2014. He is the vice-chair of the St. Louis County Police Department Board of Police Commissioners. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Carr is the former chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. See more.

John Furcon

John Furcon, Director of Research & Consulting Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

Mr. Furcon has led numerous consulting and research projects to improve the capability and performance of municipal, county, and state-wide police agencies throughout the U.S. His professional presentations include, Building a More Respectful and Respected Organization: Bauman v. Baca, The Policy of Equality and Respect-Based Leadership in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police). He earned graduate degrees in management, organizational behavior, and psychology from the University of Chicago and DePaul University. See more.
Mark Iris

Mark Iris, Ph.D., Lecturer, Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences Program, Northwestern University

Dr. Iris has taught undergraduate, graduate and law school classes at Northwestern University in law and politics, and police administration and misconduct. He supervises police research using databases provided by major police departments, including those of New York City, Houston, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Philadelphia. For 21 years, he was Executive Director of the City of Chicago Police Board. He has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His articles on policing issues have appeared inPolice Chief, Police Quarterly, and other journals.

Destiny Peery

Destiny Peery, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

With her teaching and research focus on the intersection of race, discrimination, policy and law, Prof. Peery addresses the implicit bias and its impact on policing. Her publications include The Colorblind Ideal in a Race Conscious Reality: The Case for a New Legal Ideal for Race Relations. She earned graduate degrees in law and social psychology from Northwestern University. See more.
Wes Skogan

Wesley Skogan, Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

A leading expert on crime and policing for more than three decades, Prof. Skogan has conducted extensive research on community policing, procedural justice, and strategies for building police legitimacy. His books include Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities. His newest projects include an evaluation of the Chicago Police Department's procedural justice and legitimacy initiative. See more.
Chief Zakhary

Yost Zakhary, Public Safety Director and City Manager, Woodway, Texas

Past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and a police chief since 1985, Chief Zakhary has served in numerous professional leadership roles at the local, state and national levels. Chief Zakhary earned a graduate degree in public administration from Baylor University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  See more.