Policing While Black

The relationship between police and the community has been at the forefront since George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020. However, the perspective of Black law enforcement professionals hasn’t always been part of that conversation.

SCI Director Dr. Erroll Southers joined the “Policing While Black” webinar to discuss what it’s like to be a Black police officer in today’s society and how to fight institutional racism and white supremacy from within police departments. The panel discussion was organized by SCI, the USC Black Alumni Association and the USC Department of Public Safety. 

Watch the full video below.

Safe Communities Institute

The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy continues a more than 60-year tradition of research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs. SCI takes a holistic approach to encouraging and informing public safety efforts through collaboration between all public safety disciplines and the communities they serve.

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