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Community Policing and Justice Reform

 A panel discussion coordinated by prior Ferguson Interim Police Chief Andre C. Anderson and Chairman of the AZ Commission on African American Affairs that  collaborates with the Arizona State University Academy of Justice to introduce the prior Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing and community policing expert Ron Davis in Arizona. Ron Davis, a prior Department of Justice leader and police chief, will lead a conversation about "Justice for All" and how the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing keeps Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's dream alive. 

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Attend the free Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. panel-led discussion. 

Rather than a traditional Dr. King Jr. event where King’s legacy and vision are heard, this venue will allow for a panel of experts to discuss some of the most enlightening justice reform issues.


Together we can forge a bond designed to improve our communities

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter!  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr


Keynote Ron Davis

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Ronald L. Davis was appointed by United States Attorney General Eric Holder in November 2013 as the Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). The COPS Office is responsible for advancing community policing nationwide and supporting the community policing activities of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

In December 2014, President Obama appointed Director Davis to serve as the Executive Director of the newly created President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. President Barack Obama charged Director Davis and the Task Force with developing concrete recommendations to improve community trust in the police while enhancing public safety.

Prior to serving as COPS Director, Mr. Davis had a distinguished career in law enforcement serving 8 years as Chief of Police of East Palo Alto (CA) and 20 years with the Oakland (CA) Police Department. Davis was recognized for his innovative community policing efforts and for working collaboratively with the community to dramatically reduce crime and violence in a city once named as the murder capital of the United States.

Mr. Davis served on two federal monitoring teams with oversight of police-reform consent decrees between the DOJ and the Washington, D.C., and Detroit Police Departments.  He is the co-author of the Harvard University and National Institute of Justice publications Race and Policing: An Agenda for Action, and Exploring the Role of the Police in Prisoner Reentry. He is co-author of the DOJ publication How to Correctly Collect and Analyze Racial Profiling Data: Your Reputation Depends on It and a contributing author to several Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) publications.  Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

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