Police-Community Relations

Police shootings across the country continue to raise questions about the relationship between police departments and the communities they are charged with protecting. Currently, the L.A. Police Department is considering new use-of-force policies that emphasize deescalation concepts. In this Events @ RAND podcast, our panel of experts discuss

  • fair and impartial policing of different minority and ethnic groups;
  • technologies like body cameras aimed at making policing safer and more transparent;
  • how behavioral health training for officers is working;
  • how officer-involved shootings are handled in the courts.
Arif Alikahn

Arif Alikhan

Director, Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy,
Los Angeles Police Department

Peter Bibring

Peter Bibring

Director of Police Practices, ACLU of Southern California

Brian Jackson, Senior Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation

Brian Jackson

Senior Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

President, Los Angeles Police Commission

Kate Mather

Kate Mather (moderator)

Reporter, Los Angeles Times

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