NIJ Audio: The State of the Police Field: A New Professionalism in Policing?

NIJ Conference Panel
June 2010

Panelists will debate the premise of a Harvard Executive Session working paper that suggests police organizations are striving for a "new" professionalism. Leaders are endeavoring for stricter standards of efficiency and conduct, while also increasing their legitimacy to the public and encouraging innovation. Is this new? Will this idea lead to prematurely discarding community policing as a guiding philosophy?

Ellen Scrivner Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice

Christopher Stone Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

David Sklansky Yosef Osheawich Professor of Law and Faculty Chair, Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Ronald Davis Chief, East Palo Alto Police Department, Calif.

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