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Law Enforcement Agencies Host Symposium on Race and Policing


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Community and Religious leaders from around the Truckee Meadows will come together with local Law Enforcement Officials to discuss building a stronger collaboration between our community and our Law Enforcement on Thursday April 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The evening begins with a free pre-symposium BBQ on the third floor veranda of the Joe Crowley Building from 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. The BBQ is being hosted and funded by the UNR Students Union (ASUN) and is open to everyone in the community who wishes to attend.

The symposium itself will start at 6:00 p.m. and go until 9:00 p.m. This is a free event that will be held in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater. Free parking is also available for those members of the community who wish to participate.

The concept of a Symposium on Race was initially created by Dr. Norris Dupree and members of local law enforcement in 2014. This is the third such symposium to be held since.

The three hour event will begin with an initial introduction of the panel members and an overview of changes in local law enforcement from previous symposiums. This will be followed by two break-out sessions in which the public may ask questions of community leaders and law enforcement executives.

One session will focus on presentations and discussions about of law enforcement operations and how agencies operate within the Constitution and Nevada State Law.

The second session will focus on local immigration and policing issues. This session will include Spanish speaking interpreters to help clarify common misconceptions related to law enforcement and immigration issues for the Hispanic members of our community.

The symposium has received invaluable support from local businesses, churches and individuals such as Dr. Cesar Minera and Dr. Norris Dupree.

Other organizations that made this symposium possible are:

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Greater Harvest Church
  • Second Baptist Church Encounter Church
  • 360 Blueprint
  • Word of Life Ministry
  • Reno Gazette-Journal
  • Washoe County School District

Local Law Enforcement and Government agencies who will be participating in the symposium include the Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, UNR PD, Sparks PD, Nevada Highway Patrol, Washoe County School Police, Reno-Tahoe Airport Police, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office and the local offices of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

There will be a pre-symposium news conference at the Joe Crowley Student Union for all media outlets at 2:00 p.m. on April 6, 2016 for more details.

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