The second session of the 3-part discussion series “Connections: Cops & Community” will take place Tuesday, May 17th at 7 pm in Powers Hall at Town Hall and via Zoom.
The event, “Exploring the Role and Impact of School Resource Officers,” focuses on youth and police interactions, with a particular focus on School Resource Officers. Participants will hear from UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School Professor Mark Warren about the history of School Resource Officers, how their roles have evolved over time and current data on outcomes and racial impacts. Needham School Resource Officer RJ Poirier will share an overview of his role in Needham and the Needham Police Department’s philosophy, partnerships, and approach to working with youth. This will be followed by small break-out groups for discussion and reflection. These conversations are intended to create and foster meaningful relationships and dialogue. If you are able to join in-person, we strongly encourage you to do so. Masks are welcomed but not required.
The session will be moderated by Chad Williams, the Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Brandeis University.
*** Registration for these events is not required, although it is helpful to help staff determine logistics. You may use the registration button below. If you plan to participate via Zoom, you must register to receive the Zoom link.***
View the first session here.