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The Future of Policing in St. Louis: A Civic Leadership Conversation
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Join us for a conversation about the future of policing in St. Louis.

 Export to Your Calendar 1/31/2018
When: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Where: Missouri History Museum - AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
5700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri  63112
United States
Contact: Wally Siewert, Ph.D.

Online registration is available until: 1/31/2018
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The Future of Policing in St. Louis: A Civic Leadership Conversation

wednesday, jan. 31, 2018
5:00-7:00 PM
missouri history museum - at&t foundation multipurpose room


For the first time since before the World’s Fair, St. Louis City has both local control over its police force, and a full slate of fresh executive level leadership on public safety. FOCUS St. Louis members are invited to join us for a conversation about the future of policing in St. Louis with:

  • Judge Jimmie Edwards, St. Louis’ Director of Public Safety and former Circuit Court Judge
  • Reverend Gill Ford, NAACP National Director of Unit Administration and civilian member of the Colorado P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards & Training) 
  • Representative Bruce Franks Jr., State Representative, 78th district, Community Grassroots Activist, and former SLMPD Community Liaison
  • Chief of Police John Hayden, 30 year veteran of the SLMPD, former Commander of the North Patrol Division and St. Louis native.

First term Mayor Lyda Krewson has appointed a new Director of Public Safety in Judge Edwards, who has overseen the hiring of a brand new Police Chief in John Hayden. Collectively this new slate of leadership face both the challenge and opportunity of working together with a resurgently vocal and organized activist community on issues of policing and violence in our city. This opportunity couldn’t come at a more crucial time for St. Louis, which finds itself once again in the national spotlight on issues of policing and violence. Any new vision for police-community relations in St. Louis must be built on shared values reinforced through dialogue, and these panelists are uniquely situated to help sustain such dialogue.


Schedule of Events

5:00-5:30 p.m. - Check-in and networking (light refreshments provided)

5:30-7:00 p.m. - Panel discussion and Q&A



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About the Panel

As a Circuit Court Judge, Director Jimmie Edwards was known for his commitment to both troubled youths and law and order. He helped create and supervise the Innovative Concept Academy, a school dedicated to educating juvenile delinquents unique in the nation at its inception. As Public Safety Director Judge Edwards has vowed to continue supporting police officers in their jobs, and also acknowledged that corrective action is needed when the police act wrongly.


Community-police relations are the foundation of Rev. Gil Ford’s work as civilian member of the P.O.S.T. in Colorado. In over a decade with that institution he personally took part in numerous use of force investigations from the inside. He was present in Ferguson by invitation from the Justice Department in the nights following Michael Brown’s death, helping to facilitate their conversations with Michael Brown’s family. His perspective brings together a familiarity with police departments and procedures with a powerful commitment to the communities they police. 


Prior to his election to the Missouri House of Representatives from the 78th District in 2016, Bruce Franks Jr. was an entrepreneur, activist and founder of 28 to Life, a non-profit seeking remedies for youth violence and better relations with the police. In 2015 he was appointed Police Community Liaison by Chief Dotson, and has been instrumental in supporting the Minority Recruitment Class program for the SLMPD Police Academy. Since his election he has become a vocal and visible (and occasionally arrestable) leader of the grassroots movement demanding more accountable, equitable, and effective policing practices for our city through acts of protest and civil disobedience.


Chief John Hayden was recently selected as the new Chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept. after a nationwide search. As a 30 year veteran of the Dept.– including stints as executive aid to former Chief Mokwa (2001-2007), as head of Internal Affairs (2007-2013), and as Police Academy Instructor –  he is very familiar with the city’s history and the SLMPD’s operations. The widespread support his selection garnered is a testament to his abilities as an officer. 


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