Louisville 2016

The Bridge Forum in Louisville is an exclusive panel of Police Chiefs participating in a forum “Connecting Community Engagement with Police Professionalism.” This invitation-only forum seeks solutions and best practices from our nation’s top law enforcement professionals. Across the nation, we have seen the outcomes of officer – involved shootings and subsequently community protest. These incidents have sparked a national debate about the state of police relations. Our goals are to discuss best practices in community engagement that may be used as a new foundation for increased understanding and improved relations. We will explore conscious and unconscious biases that contribute to the dynamics of community engagement and perceptions and behavioral shifts in the community.

The Bridge Forum is hosted by Simmons College, The Kentucky Diversity Chamber and the Checkered Flag Run Foundation whose mission is “Investing in Education to Ensure Every Student Gets to Cross the Finish Line.”

Event Date & Location

Friday October 28 ,2016

Hyatt Regency Louisville Downtown
311 South 4th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202


Friday, October 28th, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Bridge Forum – Hyatt Regency Louisville Downtown, 311 South 4th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202 (Media invited to attend forum with approved media credential request)

Registration starts at 7:30 am
Free Breakfast & Lunch will be served
Forum begins at 9:00 am

7:30-9:00 amRegistration and Light Breakfast
9 -10:45 amOpening remarks and Moderation from The Bridge Forum.
11 - NoonSmall breakout sessions led by Police Chief’s
- Community Relations
- Community Engagement
- Media Relations
- Multi-Cultural Awareness
- Crisis Management
- Conflict Management
Noon-1 pmLunch & Closing Remarks
- Nielsen Presentation
- Defenzia Presentation

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.


Moderated by

picJohnny Taylor

Named one of the “Power 100” by Ebony Magazine in its list of the 100 most influential African Americans a year after assuming the role of President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. leads the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending this country’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With approximately 80% of all HBCU students attending TMCF member-schools, Mr. Taylor leads an organization responsible for providing this country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders.

Immediately prior to assuming the presidency of TMCF in 2010, Mr. Taylor worked as a senior executive for IAC/InterActiveCorp – first as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources and then as the President & CEO of one of IAC’s operating subsidiaries. Before joining IAC, Mr. Taylor’s career spanned nearly 15 years as Litigation Partner and President of the human resources consulting business for the McGuireWoods law firm; Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Viacom’s Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

Mr. Taylor, an Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar and honors graduate of the University of Miami, went on to earn a Master of Arts With Honors from Drake University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence With Honors from the Drake Law School, where he served as Research Editor of the Drake Law Review and argued on the National Moot Court Team. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois, and Washington, DC.

Mr. Taylor, who currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research, also volunteers his time to several not-for-profit boards, including serving as: Former Chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), one of the world’s largest professional associations with 250,000 members in over 100 countries; a member of the National Board of Directors of the YMCA; and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union, one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher learning, dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture, and engineering. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Master of Ceremonies

pic_02David Tandy

David W. Tandy represents the Fouth District of the Louisville Metro Council and has served as its Councilman since 2005. He was twice elected unanimously by his colleagues to serve as President of the Metro Council. First in 2009 and then again in 2015.

Tandy’s district includes servicing the people of the Central Business District and the neighborhoods that border Downtown on the East and the West. Since 2005, he has been re-elected three (3) times.

Additionally, Councilman Tandy has served as the Chairman of the Labor and Economic Development Committee where he, prior to the construction of the KFC Yum! Center, successfully crafted and guided public policy through the legislative process that gave local businesses the opportunity to grow and individuals the ability to be employed and thrive. This policy of affording minority and women owned businesses and members of the workforce the opportunity to participate in major economic development projects was later adopted by the Louisville Metro Council in the Fair Labor Standards Ordinance of 2009.

Other legislation Councilman Tandy has been successful in guiding through Louisville’s legislative body includes the “Ban the Box” Ordinance, which allows employees who have a blemish on their criminal record the opportunity to interview of job openings and explain their past activity, and a local Minimum Wage Ordinance, achieved through compromise, that raises the minimum wage rate paid in Jefferson County, Kentucky over time and is further tied to the Consumer Price Index.

In 2016, he serves as a member of the Council’s Contracts, Sustainability and Parks, and Intergovernmental Affairs and Annexation Committees.

Nationally, Councilman Tandy has been recognized for his collaborative leadership skills by being selected as a member of the Aspen Institute – Rodel Fellowship Class of 2009 and as a participant in the No Labels organization’s National Ideas Meeting held in September of 2014. Additionally, President Tandy serves on the Large Cities and University Communities Councils for the National League of Cities.

Since September 2010 Councilman Tandy has further deepened his passion for and recognition of the transformative effects of higher education through his service on the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents. At EKU, Councilman Tandy serves as the Secretary for the Board of Regents and the Chairman of the Student Life, Discipline and Athletics Committee.

Locally, Councilman Tandy’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Louisville Arena Authority, the Waterfront Development Corporation, Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Louisville Downtown Management District, the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation and the New Directions Housing Corporation.

Professionally, he is the principal attorney with the law firm of David W. Tandy & Associates, focusing his practice in the areas of business development and corporate law, public finance and government relations. Previously, he served as the Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society, Mid-South Division, Inc. and has practiced law with the firms of Stoll Keenon Ogden, Sheffer-Hutchinson-Kinney and Woodward, Hobson, & Fulton in Kentucky; Ortale, Kelley, Herbert, & Crawford in Nashville, Tennessee; and worked in the Washington D.C. Office of former United States Senator Wendell H. Ford.

Councilman Tandy is a native of Owensboro, Kentucky. He received his bachelor of science degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Law. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Councilman Tandy is married to Carolyn Whitaker-Tandy, who serves as District Director for Congressman John Yarmuth. The Tandy’s live in the Russell Neighborhood with their two daughters, Kennedy (age 11) and Avery (age 7), and their son, Solomon (age 5) and attend St. Stephen Baptist Church.


Dr. Cedric Alexander»

Departmental Summary – Police Department

The mission of the DeKalb County Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment.

The DeKalb County Police Department was enacted by the General Assembly on August 17, 1914. Since the department’s inception, there have been a total of 19 Police Chiefs who have paved the way for its success. The DeKalb County Police Department currently operates out of five area precincts. Within those five precincts are 1,112 sworn police officers and approximately 498 support staff employees.

The DeKalb County Police Department is a CALEA accredited organization. Its members are devoted to ensuring the community is a safe place to live and work.

Chief Steve Conrad» Chief Regina Price » Chief Cecil Smith» Chief Mattie Provost» Deputy Chief U Renee Hall»



pic_08Dr. Cedric L. Alexander serves as the Chief of Police for DeKalb County. He is the Chief Administrator of the Police Department and is responsible for policy development, control, supervision, and program implementation.

Prior to joining DeKalb County, Dr. Alexander was the Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration, United States Department of Homeland Security at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. His responsibilities included the coordination and oversight of all security and regulatory actions. He served as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services; Chief of Police in the Rochester Police Department; and held several leadership roles at the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry in New York. Dr. Alexander began his law enforcement career in 1977 and also served with the Miami-Dade Police Department, and was a law enforcement officer in Florida for 15 years.

Dr. Alexander is currently serving as National Second Vice President for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), holds a membership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has published articles on police stress and burnout, and currently lectures on topics of management and leadership. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

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pic_07Steve Conrad began his career as a patrol officer with the former Louisville Division of Police (LPD) in 1980.

Conrad worked his way through the ranks, rising to Assistant Chief in the LPD and later an Assistant Chief in the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). As a Lieutenant Colonel with the LMPD, Conrad was Commander of the Administrative Bureau.

Chief Conrad left the LMPD in 2005 to become Chief of the Glendale (AZ) Police Department.

Conrad has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Community Development from the University of Louisville. He attended the Southern Police Institute (SPI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy.

Conrad returned to his hometown as Chief of Police on March 19, 2012.

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pic_05Chief Cecil E. Smith was selected to lead the Sanford Police Department after serving 25 years with the Elgin Police Department in Elgin, Illinois. He retired at the rank of Deputy Chief and it should be noted that prior to his retirement from the Elgin Police Department, Chief Smith was the first African American to hold the position of Deputy Chief in the Police Department’s 175 year history.

Chief Smith’s selection to lead the Sanford Police Department on April 1, 2013 came during one of the most publicized and controversial times in law enforcement and racial history, the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman incident.
Under Chief Smith’s leadership, his collaboration with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, prevented probable disaster. Many around the nation and the world believed or expected destruction within the City of Sanford. This collaboration resulted in multiple peaceful gatherings and expressions of disappointment from those within the community.

Unlike many larger cities around the country, Sanford remained calm under fire and has remained calm since the verdict.
Chief Smith is also a retired First Sergeant after serving 25 combined years with the U. S. Air Force and the Illinois Air National Guard. He is a graduate of Columbia College. He was past class president of Class #204 from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command – a graduate of the FBINA Session #234 and a graduate of the FBI LEEDA training.

Chief Smith has also published articles in FBI publications and recently received the Martin Luther King Drum Major Award for Civic Affairs.

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pic_04Assistant Chief Mattie Coleman Provost was sworn in as a Houston Police Officer in March 1986. She has served 30 years on the department and worked in various assignments throughout her tenure as a police officer to include patrol, the jail, and the Inspections Division.

Provost was promoted to sergeant in May 1992 and was assigned to the Westside Division. Following her assignment to the Westside Division, she was assigned to Community Services Division; Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Unit and later, the Internal Affairs Division.

She was promoted to lieutenant in October 2004 and was assigned to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit before transferring to the Southwest Division and then on to the Criminal Investigations Command. Her last assignment as a lieutenant was in the Public Affairs Office.

On July 13, 2012, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Chief of Police and is currently assigned to the West Patrol Command, which oversees the Westside, Midwest, and S. Gessner Divisions. She manages over 1000 employees and a budget in excess of 35 million.
Prior to being promoted to Assistant Chief, she tested for the rank of captain and was successful in the process and received her captain’s badge on April 8, 2014,Chief Provost was born and raised in Columbus, Texas where she attended public school and graduated from Columbus High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Management, which she earned from Sam Houston State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston, Class XXV and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, Session 241, and the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP), Class #53. Since joining the department, she has received numerous awards and commendations.

Prior to joining the police department, Chief Provost was an investment banker for First Investors, but decided to follow her dream and go back into the Criminal Justice profession.
She had three children, Brittny (Luther), Michael Brandon, and Blake. She also has one granddaughter, Zoey. For relaxation, she enjoys running, reading, and defeating her children in a friendly game of basketball.

Her goal is to work another 5 years for HPD and continue to advance in rank. Her plans for retirement include volunteering at various Senior Citizen Facilities to be a voice for the elderly and trying to relax.

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pic_03Deputy Chief U. Renee’ Hall is a 16-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department and is currently the deputy chief of the Neighborhood Policing Bureau, where she oversees day-to-day operations of all 12 police precincts and the Metropolitan Division, which includes the department’s Tactical Response Unit, Special Response Team K-9, Harbor Master, Bomb Squad, Traffic Enforcement, Mounted Patrol, Aviation and Gang Intelligence Unit.

In February 2013, she was appointed as interim inspector and re-assigned as the commanding officer of the eighth precinct, the most densely populated area in the city of Detroit. In December 2010, Hall was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned as the commanding officer of Tactical Operations, where she was responsible for organizing and executing the coordination of all major events within the city of Detroit.

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