Research has shown, and community members and law enforcement professionals agree, enhanced and expanded training for public safety personnel is needed to reduce crime, build trust, and enable successful police-community collaboration.
Improved academy and in-service instruction addressing de-escalation, mental health, human trafficking, and opioid overdoses, among others, are already being implemented across the nation. As crime rates rise, communities and police also concur that strong community–law enforcement partnerships are increasingly requisite for public safety. Yet, there is a colossal lack of training and professional development opportunities for community engagement roles, including chaplains, within the law enforcement profession.
“For years, I had been looking for a conference that focused on community engagement, but unfortunately, I had not found anything that matched my interests and professional goals. However, when I came across the Professionalizing Law Enforcement-Community Engagement Training that you are organizing, I was thrilled to finally find a training program that addressed community engagement, exactly what I was looking for.” – Nadia Lovinsky, Director of Community Outreach & Institutional Education, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
During the PLECET Conference, public safety community engagement practitioners will learn about best and promising community outreach practices and resources that will help them excel in their roles. Participants will also have an opportunity to formally and informally network with other law enforcement professionals working in similar roles across the nation, which will provide immediate and sustained professional development opportunities.
The conference will utilize a standard workshop, caucus, and plenary structure with planned opportunities for networking. After an opening plenary session with prominent national leaders, each participant will take eight separate courses. The training will include workshops with an instructionally designed curriculum constructed to equip community engagement officers with best-in-class competencies to maximize their potential impact in local communities. The conference will culminate in a national town hall meeting focused on effectively utilizing community engagement to reduce crime and build trust. Local, state, federal, tribal, and campus law enforcement agencies throughout the United States will attend.
While most agencies have good program concepts, many lack the expertise, organizational capacity, and resources required to implement their ideas.
Further, most agencies have not received any form of training on how to best engage with and involve community members, or how to promote their outreach programs, events, and ongoing activities. Others have successfully organized impactful events but lack the expertise to transform these activities into long-term and sustained strategic partnerships that reduce crime and increase mutual trust. These are just a few examples of the community engagement training gaps that will be addressed during the PLECET Conference.
May 3rd-May 6th
Dates for 2023 Conference
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Location for 2023 Conference
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We look forward to continuing our engagement to build mutual understanding and respect between faith communities and all law enforcement with the goal of facilitating safer, stronger, unified and inclusive communities.
Lisa Wiley - Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office
Hartford, CT had one of the most successful events in our region. The Police/ Community partnership were the KEY to the success of the Day. From the planning to the implementation all elements came together to make our NFBW impactful. The book give-a-way, voter registration, the Horses, the food, the music, the church and all the interesting police vehicles and officers kept the 100 residents and families that came to visit engaged and encouraged and ready for more.
Kelvin Loveyjoy - Hartford Police department
The Phoenix Police Department held five virtual events for National Faith & Blue Weekend 2020 which took place October 9-12. Activities included staff from all seven patrol precincts and the Community Engagement Bureau, and featured members of the Police Chief’s Advisory Boards and the Faith and Justice Project Initiative that serves both south and west Phoenix. Each event was developed to increase awareness and understanding of various social and public safety matters, such as homelessness outreach, LGBTQIA organizations, and Sikh culture. Chief Williams and her executive staff were able to address participants during each session and reiterate the Department’s commitment to community engagement.
Nicki Hicks - Phoenix Police Department
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