1/5/17 : Community Relations & Use of Force by Law Enforcement

Community Relations & Law Enforcement: Use of Excessive Force

An estimated 1.6 percent of police contacts with the public involved the use or threat of force according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report “Contacts between Police and the Public, 2005,” April 2007, NCJ 215243 (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/cpp05.htm) 

Although relatively few, these instances dramatically shape public perception and community disturbances seem to be on the rise resulting from the police use of excessive or deadly force.  Law enforcement is an important societal function and its effectiveness is hampered when tensions exist between the police department and the public it serves.  

What are we doing to rebuild trust and confidence, essential to developing community relations?   Join our discussion of this important issue as our panel offers their perspectives and insights. 


Frank de la Torre, FAU, Dept. Criminal Justice; Chief Ass’t, Broward County Public Defender’s Office

Chief Sean Brammer, Interim Chief, FAU Police Department

Michael Caruso serves as the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida, having been appointed in 2012 by the judges of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

SPECIAL GUEST: Stephanie Fortune, Niroc Consultants


Steve Wasserman, Chair, The Council for Educational Change, Sr. Exec V.P., Colliers International of Florida, LLC

SPONSOR JANUARY BREAKFAST:  Nova Southeastern University

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