On February 19, 2020, SCI and the USC Black Alumni Association held a discussion, “The Thin Line Between Black and Blue: Black Law Enforcement Chiefs Panel,” featuring four current and former African American chiefs of police: Charlottesville Chief Dr. RaShall BrackneyInglewood Mayor James ButtsRichmond Chief Bisa French, and USC Chief John Thomas

The discussion, moderated by SCI Director Dr. Erroll Southers, examined the racial challenges experienced within the law enforcement culture to reach the highest rank and explored how and why racism within the profession exists and may be worsening as national polarization increases.

Officer Spotlight - El Monte Police Chief Ben Lowry was a 20-year law enforcement veteran who was appointed to lead the El Monte Police Department in June 2022. Tragically, Chief Lowry passed away in October. He was 45. Thank you Chief Lowry for your service. Read more.

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