The current state of relational policing in Charlottesville, similar to the United States, is in a precarious position. In some respects, police-community relations, much like a car in need of major repairs, has stalled at the intersection of its challenging past and its perplexing present. Considering the contemporary convergence of man-made disasters, public distrust and resulting dissent, and disease, where does relational policing go from here and how does it get there?
This presentation will share select policing policies and practices of the past and how those past efforts have had a shadowing effect and impacted contemporary actions, inactions, and public perceptions. It will conclude by sharing implications and proposing a pathway forward that enhances relational policing and promotes community (re)conciliation and healing.
Presented by Brian N. Williams, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Founder and Director of the Public Engagement in Governance Looking, Listening & Learning Laboratory (PEGLLLLab).
His research centers on issues related to demographic diversity, local law enforcement, and public governance. Professor Williams is also a member of the CPF Board of Directors.