Law Enforcement Appreciation Events
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October 7, 2020 | 2pm EDT
Across the country, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the depth and severity of the nation’s homelessness crisis. As first responders, law enforcement officers are frequently dispatched to address situations involving homelessness-related health emergencies or public safety challenges.
Lack of access to regular care for mental and physical health conditions, as well as substance use disorders among people who are homeless, can lead to frequent 911 calls and law enforcement interactions. Left with few options but to arrest, disperse, or issue a citation, many officers experience frustration at what amounts to a revolving door between homelessness and the criminal justice system—a cycle that disproportionately affects people of color.
Collaboration between law enforcement and community homelessness services is needed to better address the core issues at hand.
This panel discussion is intended to discuss these collaborative efforts and gain an understanding of unsheltered homelessness, while working to reduce related contact with the criminal justice system.
- Habsi Kaba, Director of Crisis Intervention Teams, Miami-Dade County (FL) Police Department, Police Mental Health Collaboration
- Aaron Dahl, Sergeant, Vacaville (CA) Police Department
- Eric Weaver, Executive Director, Overcoming the Darkness, LLC
- Borinquen (Bo) Hall, Homeless Liaison Specialist, Miami Beach (FL) Police Department Homeless Resource Unit
- Michael L. Ferrell, Executive Director, The Coalition for the Homeless
Participants who register are invited to submit questions and engage our presenters throughout the conversation.
October 11, 2020 | 10am EDT
Join us virtually at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for a live reading of the 307 names added to the walls of the Memorial this spring. In addition to special remarks and the reading of names, there will be an Honor Guard presentation. Access the service on the Memorial Facebook page at 10:00am Eastern.
This service is made possible by Verizon.
October 14, 2020 | 2Pm EDT
Suicide prevention is a major concern within law enforcement. Health and wellness programs are being created across the country to help officers and their families ensure that they will not become victims of a suicide tragedy. This virtual panel discussion will explore such prevention programs and share other avenues that address suicide prevention by engaging law enforcement leadership in their strategies and best practices.