National Law Enforcement Symposium being held at USF, focusing on use of force

A significant number of police officers may be spotted at USF over the next two days, during a national Law Enforcement Symposium. More than 200 police chiefs and high-level law enforcement personnel will gather at the university Thursday and Friday for the conference, which specifically focuses on police accountability and the use of force.

This is the 22nd symposium of its kind, and the topic is timely—three homicides that took place in San Francisco last year were officer involved shootings. SFPD’s union is currently in a battle with The City and the Police Commission about new use of force laws, which would bar activities like shooting at moving vehicles.

SEE RELATED: Police Commission passes use of force policy for SFPD

The conference will include panel discussions such as The Human Side of Policing, and Mental Health Issues and the Use of Force.

“Over the past two years the issue of law enforcement’s’ use of force has become one of our society’s most controversial issues,” said Tony Ribera, retired Police Chief of San Francisco and current director of USF’s International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership. “Task forces have been formed, policies revised, training mandated and police chiefs fired. Our symposium will explore these issues not to cast blame, but rather to look at strategies to strengthen the accountability of law enforcement and help our communities better understand the challenges faced by law enforcement.”

Proceeds from the symposium go to the Lieutenant Barbara Hammerman Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to Law Enforcement Leadership students who exemplify positive leadership in their profession and within the USF learning community.

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