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Criminal justice and police training were the focus of IPPSR’s first fall Public Policy Forum on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

"The Public Policy Forum raised critical questions and issues surrounding the intense debate and protests taking place across our country,”  said IPPSR Associate Director Arnold Weinfeld, on this first of the fall 2020 IPPSR Forum series.

See the video here.

See the presentations here.

Visit IPPSR's 2018 and 2019 Forums, including presentations, photos and videos, in the Past Forum Archive.

Among questions raised as part of the panel presentation: Is de-escalation training an answer? What about implicit bias training and crisis intervention approaches?

IPPSR Forum speakers:

  • Jennifer Cobbina, associate professor, MSU School of Criminal Justice. She is the newly named co-chair of MSU’s Task Force on Racial Equity. Her research focuses on corrections and prisoner re-entry.
  • Scott Wolfe, associate professor, MSU School of Criminal Justice.
  • Jeff Rojek, associate professor, MSU School of Criminal Justice, and director, Director of the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP.)

Together, Wolfe and Rojek recently completed a National Institute of Justice grant evaluating a police officer social interaction and deescalation training program.

While IPPSR’s Public Policy Forums have generally taken place close to policymakers in downtown Lansing, this fall’s season will take place virtually over Zoom as MSU moved to remote programming and instruction due to the pandemic coronavirus.

“Our IPPSR Forums will feature the same excellent policy overviews and compelling speakers,” said Weinfeld.

In addition to September’s panel, two other Public Policy Forums are planned this fall:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

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