In case you missed it, here is how our LEPH2021 key people have introduced the 6th International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health and invited you to join.
District Attorney of Philadelphia
After attending my first LEPH in Scotland in 2019, I was thrilled to learn that the first LEPH conference ever to be held in the USA would be hosted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city where the Declaration of Independence was signed has a long history of challenging the status quo, and this tradition continued when I was elected on a reform agenda to serve as the District Attorney of Philadelphia. While we have taken many positive steps in the past few years, it is my belief that engaging with the LEPH network provides the unique knowledge, relationships, and perspective necessary to pursue systemic and holistic change – I hope you will join us.
Your participation in the first virtual LEPH conference will help bring the potential of international experiences with problem-solving to a city that must continue reforming how it responds to social problems. Whereas roughly 1 in 40 US adults are under correctional supervision, in 2020 roughly 1 in 21 adults in Philadelphia are on probation or parole, in local jails, or in state prisons. Yet, in spite of mass incarceration and mass supervision, we are not safer: there have been over 300 homicide victims in Philadelphia as of September 11, 2020, continuing a multi-year trend and paralleling the recent rise in homicides in US cities during COVID-19. Hosting LEPH represents an opportunity for Philadelphia to learn from the best approaches in public safety and health the world over.
Between now and March, I invite you to engage with some of the resources my office has made available to the public:
- Follow me and the Philadelphia DAO on social media
Wishing everyone safety and health,
Conference Program Director, Professor Nick Crofts AM
President, Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association
The first International LEPH Conference, in 2012, was a small affair. Growth in activity and interest in the field of the multiple intersections of law enforcement and public health since then has been prodigious – we are now welcoming you to the 6th International LEPH Conference, the first in the U.S. (though circumstances have forced us online), and I am doing so on behalf of the Global LEPH Association (GLEPHA), which has grown out of the conferences.
GLEPHA is becoming active across all regions of the world, and is developing Special Interest Groups focusing on the law enforcement role in achieving public health goals in a myriad of issues. This regional and topical breadth will be reflected in the conference program, and in the satellite and pre-conference activities organized by the SIGs.
The field of law enforcement by its nature brings in conflict; but GLEPHA works to achieve a safe space for those from all sectors committed to achieving effective and inclusive partnership approaches to complex health and security issues. This is what we strive to provide, and what we hope you will find, at the 6th International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health.
See you there, virtually.
Conference Director, Professor Jennifer Wood
On behalf of the local Organizing Committee, I am delighted to invite you to the 6th LEPH conference in March 2021. This will be the first time that the conference will be hosted in the United States.
It will also be the first time that the conference will occur on a virtual platform. A virtual conference provides new opportunities to expand the global reach of the conference series and to inspire jurisdictions from across the world to make concrete changes in furtherance of community safety and wellbeing.
This conference was made possible by the exciting collaboration between Temple University, Drexel University, Rutgers University-Camden, the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University. We are honored that these universities are convening this event in partnership. Stay tuned for updates on our website (https://leph2021philadelphia.com/) to learn about invited speakers and planned sessions, and the many ways you can participate in this event and build networks with people working in the many shared spaces of law enforcement and public health.
These include pandemics, alcohol and other drug use, mental health, racial, economic and gender equity, violence, trauma-informed approaches, and many more.