Friday, January 23, 2015

UIS Speaker Series explores "Policing Diverse Communities" as part of Black History Month

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “Policing Diverse Communities: Learning from the Past and Working Towards the Future”. The presentation will be led by Fabienne Brooks, a retired police administrator and law enforcement instructor with 26 years of experience.

WHEN: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Brooks' talk will provide a historical background of the relationship between police and black communities since the days of slavery to contextualize the current situation: what is happening, what it means, and why we all have a social responsibility to resolve it. She will share her work as a consultant with the National Coalition Building Institute Law Enforcement Programs division and as instructor on topics such as "Policing for Safer Communities," "Policing through Partnerships," and "From Difference to Diversity." Through these activities, she is playing an active role in helping to bridge the gaps between police and the communities they serve.

Brooks has three decades of experience as a community activist, coalition builder, and instructor for law enforcement agencies. A former chief of criminal investigations with the King County Sheriff’s Office (Seattle, WA) and policy advisor to the Mayor's Office in Seattle, she owns her own consulting firm specializing in law enforcement training and building community law enforcement partnerships. Brooks has presented at national conferences for groups such as the National Crime Prevention Council, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The event is co-sponsored by the UIS Diversity Center and the Black Student Union. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.

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