Police play a critical role in any community. What that role is and how it should be executed necessarily evolves over time.  For many citizens, the role of the police is largely learned from the media. Whether it is “Law and Order” reruns, brief news clips or even a personal affiliation of some kind, we have a sense of what policing entails. The inherent physical danger of some police work is widely accepted. And yet, the media also provides a spotlight on recurring episodes of police brutality that raises questions about the culture within local police departments.  

At 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 31, William Terrill, explores the occupational environment and the organizational environment that police navigate daily. The former involves interactions with citizens and the unique coercive authority that officers wield.  The latter involves interactions with superiors and the ambiguity of the police role. Terrill discusses various issues surrounding police culture and the challenges presented in terms of police accountability and fairness

Police TerrillTerrill, who has a doctorate in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, is an expert in police behavior – particularly police use of force and police culture.  He is Associate Dean in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He is also a published author and one of his current studies is with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers examining body-worn cameras to help identify patterns of escalation and de-escalation in relation to the use of force. His early experience as a Military Police Officer informed his interest in policing from both a practitioner and academic prospective.

Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.