IACP and Howard University Team Up On Policing Inside-Out Program

October 7, 2016

IACP Contact: Sarah Guy
703-647-7226 or guy@theiacp.org

Howard University Contact: Anthony Owens
202-870-9208 or Anthony.Owens@howard.edu

IACP and Howard University Team Up On Policing Inside-Out Program

Alexandria, VA – The International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) Institute for Community Police Relations (ICPR) has formed a partnership with Howard University to offer an innovative 15-week course entitled, Policing Inside-Out: Building Trust Through Transformative Education, that will engage students, law enforcement officers, community leaders, and criminal justice experts.

Course participants will have the opportunity to reexamine what they have come to know about law enforcement and social justice issues while gaining a deeper understanding of community-police relations in the 21st century.

“We are at an integral point in history, and police and our communities can either choose to work together to strengthen and enhance relations or remain in a status quo,” said IACP President Terrence M. Cunningham, Chief of the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department. “The Policing Inside-Out course is a huge step forward, and a key element of the IACP’s Institute for Community Police Relations. Law enforcement and course participants will work together in an educational setting to chart a path forward to build trust and be part of ground breaking research in community-police relations.”

“This new partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, along with Howard University’s innovative 15-week course, is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that utilizes education as the key to further examine social justice issues and gain a better understanding of community policing in the 21st century,” said Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University. "All communities involved will gain valuable knowledge and insight as they study as peers in a facilitated environment. As the son of a police officer and the father of a 12 year old African American male and 10 year old African American female, this work is deeply personal.”

The core of the Policing Inside-Out Program is a semester-long academic course, meeting once a week, through which 10 to 15 “outside” (i.e.: students, community members) students and the same number of “inside” (i.e.: police officers) students attend class together and discuss contemporary policing and social justice issues, work towards facilitating citizen-police dialogue to improve trust, tackle difficult issues such as use of force, and enhance cross-cultural knowledge of human diversity.

This course is modeled off the Inside-Out experiences that are taught by Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Howard University. Other Inside-Out models include: Prisons Inside-Out (dealing with incarceration) and Juvenile Inside-Out (dealing with juvenile detention centers).

Policing Inside-Out course will be co-led by Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad and IACP Fellow, Lt. Tarrick McGuire from the Arlington, Texas, Police Department.

About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a professional association for law enforcement worldwide. For more than 120 years, the IACP has been launching internationally acclaimed programs, speaking on behalf of law enforcement, conducting groundbreaking research, and providing exemplary programs and services to members across the globe.

Today, the IACP continues to be recognized as a leader in these areas. By maximizing the collective efforts of the membership, IACP actively supports law enforcement through advocacy, outreach, education, and programs.

Through ongoing strategic partnerships across the public safety spectrum, the IACP provides members with resources and support in all aspects of law enforcement policy and operations. These tools help members perform their jobs effectively, efficiently, and safely while also educating the public on the role of law enforcement to help build sustainable community relations.

About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced three Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, over 60 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University visit www.howard.edu.

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