Social Work and the Future of Policing 

June 30, 2020, 2 pm to 3:30 pm EST  

Information & registration: Congressional briefing

Calls to “defund the police” have spawned initiatives to rethink and reimagine policing. Social workers have been engaged in efforts to create more equitable and effective systems for public service for years. This briefing will feature the work of the following social and criminal justice scholars and practitioners:

Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan. Jackson graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor in Social Work in 1998. While receiving his Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Derrick worked with the W.J. Maxey Training School where he was introduced to the criminal justice system.

Dr. George T. Patterson, Associate Professor in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York. A certified police instructor, he has taught criminal justice courses to social work students and trained police officers and recruits. Dr. Patterson has written extensively on police work stress and coping among police officers and recruits.

Dr. Desmond U. Patton, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Patton is founding director of SAFElab, a member of the Data Science Institute, and a faculty affiliate of the Social Intervention Group (SIG). He holds a courtesy appointment in the department of Sociology.

Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis, Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development at Florida State University School of Social Work. She is also co-leader for the Smart Decarceration network, one of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Dr. Charles E Lewis Jr, President of CRISP, will serve as moderator.This briefing is sponsored by the Center for Social Development (CSD) in the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) in conjunction with the offices of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus. ISP is a cosponsor of the event.