As communities across the country debate police defunding, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration invites you to an online forum on community-oriented public safety strategies and law enforcement accountability. Featured speakers will include, among others, Jim Johnson, NYC Corporation Counsel; Ron Davis, former director of the federal COPS office; Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex County, MA; Margie Balfour, Chief of Quality & Clinical Innovation at Connections Health Solutions in Tucson, AZ; & Hassan Aden, Executive Fellow, Police Foundation. 

August 5, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET

Welcome & Policing the Police: Police Training, Discipline, Unions & Misconduct

12:30 - 2:15 p.m. ET


When there is police misconduct, who polices the police? This conversation will examine police accountability from the beginning at recruitment and training to police discipline, as well as best practices in investigating and prosecuting severe misconduct. Normalizing police accountability is key to developing trust and legitimacy in the communities law enforcement serves. However, it cannot be done alone by the police. Concrete recommendations will be discussed for local governments and municipalities to effect law enforcement reform.


Taryn Merkl, James E. Johnson, Hassan Aden, Sue Rahr, Ronal Serpas, Darrel Stephens, John Choi, Carmen Best 

Short Intermission

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Community Oriented Public Safety Strategies & Calls for Police Defunding 

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET


Across the nation, Americans have been calling on fundamental criminal justice reform and defunding of police. Law enforcement, community service providers, and advocates come together in this discussion to reimagine what community driven policing looks like and how reallocation of funds can improve community focused safety strategies. While many conversations are future focused, the leaders of this panel will also speak on what has been done and what can be done right now to address the injustices faced by people currently involved in the criminal justice system.


Brendan Cox, Ron Davis, Stephanie Morales, Peter J. Koutoujian, Margie Balfour