You are invited to join us at The Bridge Forum Scottsdale taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona to be held on Monday January 23rd, 2017. The Bridge Forum Scottsdale is an invitation-only event which seeks solutions and best practices from top law enforcement professionals. The forum features Police Chiefs from across metropolitan Phoenix who will lead interactive, results-oriented dialog sessions. Those who represent law enforcement, community organizations and the media will be invited to attend. The Bridge Forum Scottsdale is hosted by the Nielsen, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Checkered Flag Run Foundation whose mission is “Investing in Education to Ensure Every Student & Veteran Gets to Cross the Finish Line.”
We would be grateful to have you attend and participate in finding solutions to one of our nation’s biggest issues. We believe your presence as a Community Leader will complement the national Community Policing Tour as the focus of this forum has strong connections with recommendations found in the 21stCentury Policing Task Force Report.
Upcoming Event Date & Location
The Bridge Forum Scottsdale 2017 Event Date & Location
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Registration and Light Breakfast 7:00 am – 7:45 am
Opening remarks and Moderation 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Breakout Sessions led by Police Chiefs 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Breakout Session Summary 11:15 am – 12:10 pm
Lunch & Closing Remarks 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Each panelist will give opening remarks on the state of community engagement and policing and discuss your department’s best practices relating to the topic. No PowerPoint presentation is required unless you want to present in that format.
The discussion will be moderated by a Facilitator from The Bridge Forum. The audience is by invitation only and questions will be screened and pre-selected from the audience so we have more control over the direction and tone of the dialog.
The time on the panel is broken up into sections – opening section approximately two hours, one breakout session discussion about one hour, with the final wrap up session of about one hour.
Each Chief will lead a discussion around a subject to create 3-7 points, capture quotes, get photos and ultimately write a book during the day. The audience will participate in a pre and post survey and those out comes and learning will be debriefed in the closing session.
The goals of the book in a day are to capture perspectives, attitudes and beliefs about community policing and police professionalism. The book will explore conscious and unconscious biases that contribute to the dynamics of community engagement and perceptions and to identify behavioral shifts in the community.
Use of Data
The book will be used to understand impact of community policing best practices and to help develop additional research, educational and training curriculum in community policing.
Media must register below and we will coordinate access to the Bridge Forum. We may invite selected media for post-event interviews. We will ask Chief’s to do a brief sit down interview with our communications team to capture your thoughts and opinions on the subject matter.
The Honorable Art Hamilton
Art Hamilton is the founder of the firm The Art Hamilton Group, LLC. Prior to the founding of the firm in 2008, Art Hamilton served 26 years in the Arizona House of Representatives, with 18 consecutive years as the Democratic leader in the Arizona House. Because of his dedicated service and superior leadership, Art was acknowledged by the Arizona Republic, in 2008, as being one of the ten best modern legislators in Arizona history.
A ground breaker and a leader, Art was the first African-American and only Arizonan to be elected President of the National Conference of State Legislatures. NCSL represents all 50 state legislatures, 4,400 state legislators, and 30,000 legislative staff members in their dealings with the federal government. Art continues to serve as a member of NCSL’s Foundation on State Legislatures. Art led the NCSL task force to re-write state policies on how state governments deal with families and individuals wrestling with problems of the developmentally disabled.
Before founding The Art Hamilton Group, LLC, Art was a founding partner of another public relations firm. He also served as a senior public affairs representative at the Salt River Project (SRP), a Phoenix based water and electric utility company, from where he retired after 34 years of service.
Chief Alan G. Rodbell
Alan Rodbell has been the Police Chief in the City of Scottsdale, Arizona since 2003. He has 41 years of public safety experience, which has taken him through the ranks and multiple levels of responsibility as a line level employee, supervisor, manager, and leader. He came to the city after 25 years serving in the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police. He has a B.A., Criminology from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in Education from McDaniel College, formally Western Maryland College. Chief Rodbell is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
In the years he has served in Scottsdale, Rodbell has successfully completed a workforce study, enabling the successful full staffing of his department, an award winning Strategic Planning process and has been involved in leading the first Photo Enforcement study on a state highway.
Under his leadership, Scottsdale has achieved double digit reductions in crime, making Scottsdale one of the safest cities in Arizona. In the October issue of Parent Magazine, the City was recognized as the best city in the country to raise children, complete with an A+ grade for public safety, and most recently, Law Street Media has named Scottsdale the 5th safest city in the U.S..
Chief Rodbell sits on two State Boards, appointed by the Governor, the Arizona Police Officer Standards and Training Board, and the Homeland Security, Central Regional Advisory Council. In 2013, Chief Rodbell received the NAACP Law Enforcement Award for his work with the community from the East Valley NAACP.
Chief Rodbell serves as an Executive Board member of the East Valley NAACP and a member of the Arizona Black Law Enforcement Employees Association.
Interim Chief Michael Dvorak
Michael J. Dvorak brings over twenty-eight years of law enforcement service, experience and expertise to his position. He has been a member of the Mesa Police Department since 1987 and a member of the Command Staff since 2004.
Michael has worked diligently to advance the law enforcement profession. He has long been at the forefront of developing innovative policing strategies, regional partnerships, evidence-based initiatives, organizational accountability and neighborhood-based programs, while leading organizational change in his areas of responsibility. His cross-functional experience includes: field operations, investigations, personnel development, support services, planning, management of financial resources and extensive community involvement.
Chief Roy W. Minter
Chief Roy W. Minter Jr. was appointed as Chief of Police for the city of Peoria on March 21, 2011. Minter was previously the Chief of Police in Denton, Texas since 2007.
He began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department in 1982 as a police officer in the Special Operations Division/Tactical Services Bureau. He joined the Aurora, Colorado Police Department in 1992, working through the ranks and being promoted to District Commander, before joining the Denton Police Department.
Chief Jeri Williams
Jeri L. Williams was appointed Police Chief of the Phoenix Police Department on October 28, 2016. She brings nearly three decades of law enforcement experience back to the agency where she began her law enforcement career.
From 2011 to 2016, Chief Williams served as the Police Chief for the City of Oxnard, California. In Oxnard, she managed with a focus on community based policing, oversaw the implementation of police body cameras, coordinated training on use of force, legal issues and technology topics for 300+ California law enforcement agencies and guided the department during several high-profile events including large-scale community protests.
Chief Karl Auerbach
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community, AZ
Chief Auerbach a native Arizonan from Nogales, is a graduate of the Phoenix Police Department’s Regional Training Academy in 1980 (class number 164), has over 30-years of law enforcement service and has proudly served the Salt River Police Department now on his 25th year. Chief Auerbach has served as an Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team Member, Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant with the last 17-years as the Assistant Chief of Police including three separate previous occasions as the Acting Chief of Police (2004 to 2006, 2011 and 2016) and was officially promoted to Chief of Police on 10-02-16 as the 10th Chief of Police serving the Salt River Police Department.
Chief Sylvia Moir
A California native, Chief Moir brought 28 years of local police experience to Tempe. Her vast experience provided her a comprehensive perspective on the rewards and challenges of modern policing in integrated and progressive communities.
Chief Moir was the Chief of the El Cerrito Police Department from 2010 until her appointment as the Police Chief in Tempe, Arizona. In El Cerrito, Chief Moir strengthened the tactical and operational readiness of the department, enhanced training efforts to include Fair and Impartial Policing, launched intelligence and analytic functions for crime suppression, began a robust social media presence, and initiated regional efforts in a variety of areas.
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