Skip to main content

Improving police/community partnerships

  • Participants will learn to manage the effects of implicit bias
  • Rooted in recommendations of President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
  • Workshop offered at the Oak Brook (Ill.) Village Hall, Sept. 27-28
  • Additional workshop held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Nov. 1-2

EVANSTON - The Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) is offering a two-day workshop on research-proven strategies for improving and strengthening police-community relations.

Preventing Community Crisis: Implicit Bias, Procedural Justice and Police-Community Partnerships” was developed by Northwestern researchers in partnership with leading law enforcement and government practitioners.

Participants will learn to assess their respective agencies using the NUCPS Police- Community Partnership Checklist and manage the effects of implicit bias.

Rooted in the recommendations of the President’s (Obama) Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the workshop will be offered at the Oak Brook (Ill.) Village Hall on Sept. 27 and 28 and at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Nov. 1 and 2.

To participate in upcoming “Preventing Community Crisis” workshops or to host a workshop in your area, go to or call 800-323-4011.

“The goal of the ‘Preventing Community Crisis’ workshop series is to transform the way public safety agencies approach community-police partnerships,” said NUCPS Executive Director David Bradford. “We have developed an approach that’s actionable, practical and will contribute to improving the quality of life in our communities. I’m encouraged by how many agencies have approached us about hosting this new course in 2017.”

The “Preventing Community Crisis” workshop is the result of a rare collaboration between academic researchers and law enforcement and government leaders.

The workshop was developed by NUCPS staff with input from an expert advisory committee.

Members of the committee are: Chief Edward Flynn, Milwaukee Police Department; Chief Rick Tanksley, Oak Park, Illinois; Chief Yost Zakhary, Woodway, Texas, and former president of the International Association Chiefs of Police; Gary Raney, Retired Sheriff of Ada County, Idaho; Professor Destiny Peery, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; Professor Wesley Skogan, Northwestern; Dave Limardi, Midwest regional director of the International City/County Management Association; and T.R. Carr, a member of the Ferguson Commission and former mayor of Hazelwood, Missouri.

The workshop is led by members of the advisory committee, excluding Flynn, Raney and Limardi. The group is facilitated by John Furcon, director of research and consulting at NUCPS.

The course was offered for the first time in April 2016 at the Northwestern University campus. It received high praise from participants, one of whom described it as “not just eye-opening but eye-widening.”

ABOUT NUCPS: Founded in 1936, the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety is the premier provider of professional development programs for public safety personnel. Through its management and leadership division, NUCPS annually prepares more than 800 police managers for leadership roles. NUCPS also offers an internationally recognized curriculum in traffic crash reconstruction, as well as courses in forensics and transportation engineering. To learn more, please visit

Editor's Picks

Back to top