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Reimagining Policing: The Future of Public Safety

As the sixth of an ongoing workshop series to engage community leaders to address police violence, John Jay College of Criminal Justice President and MBK Alliance Advisory Council member Karol Mason joined Trust for America’s Health Executive Vice Preside

Reimagining Policing Workshop Series

John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Karol Mason led a discussion lifting up findings and recommendations from their new publication with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Attendees learned about new approaches and resources to create policing practices that ensure equal justice for everyone, along with examples of action from some of the nation’s most highly regarded police and public safety officials.


Karol Mason

President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE

Executive Vice President and COO, Trust for America’s Health

Candice Jones

President and CEO, Public Welfare Foundation Commissioner

Danielle Outlaw

Police Commissioner, City of Philadelphia

"Everybody wants the same thing, that was clear through our series of six conversations: to be safe. In the John Jay and NOBLE report, we outlined the necessity of police working hand-in-hand with community leaders and healthcare clinical professionals and others involved in the provision of social services both public and private."

— Karol Mason, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Karol Mason

"It is vital, if we are going to truly address and transform and create this more equitable and prosperous future, to bring together all of these sectors to the table: That's public safety, law enforcement, public health, healthcare, the nonprofit sector, education, transportation, and housing. All have a role to play in this."

— Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Trust for America’s Health


“You're seeing throughout our society, and it's not just specific to this conversation, an increasing lack of trust in institutions. Unless we engage and move into communities and really listen, each of us as system leaders contribute to that distrust, so we really have to do some work to repair that harm. Concretely, I think that we can make sure we have investments that naturally engage that voice."

— Candice Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Public Welfare Foundation

Candace Jones

“We in law enforcement leadership—and it has to push all the way down to the line level—we have to be willing to listen, and we have to be willing to acknowledge that sometimes these conversations aren't going to be comfortable. We're not going to hear what we want to hear. We're not going to always walk out feeling warm and fuzzy because we do have a role in this, but it's not all bad because we're all working towards the same goal. We're not adversaries. We're partners at the table."

—Danielle Outlaw, police commissioner of Philadelphia

Chief Danielle Outlaw

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