This session is currently scheduled for M11 (Day 1, Monday 22 March at 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM EST)
This panel will feature the four Canadian co-authors of a new book chapter included in the proposed LEPH Springer Collection currently pending publication. Drawing upon the authors’ respective experiences, and the case studies featured in the draft chapter, the panel will explore the distinguishing characteristics necessary to success in the collaborative LEPH approaches to achieving community safety and well-being. Editor-in-Chief Norman E. Taylor of the Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being (JCSWB) will be one of the author/panelists and will also serve as the session Moderator.
While the title references police leaders specifically, this session will be of broader interest to all human service practitioners, managers, executives and researchers who are seeking to develop and sustain effective collaboratives addressing such health, social and justice challenges as: mental health and addiction-related interventions; homelessness; intimate partner violence; youth and gang crime and victimization; poverty; systemic and colonial racism; public disorder; public health emergencies including the COVID pandemic; and others.
Norm Taylor, Journal of Community Safety and Well- Being (Canada)
Dale McFee, Edmonton Police Service (Canada)
Matthew Torigian, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (Canada)
Cal Corley, Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA) (Canada) … See MoreSee Less
Regional Advisor, HIV/AIDS Hepatitis and Tuberculosis, WHO South East Asia Regional Office & Board of Directors, GLEPHA
The aims of public health and public policing are exactly the same – ensuring the safety and well-being of the populations, yet the discourse, language and tools are so far from each other that one could be forgiven for seeing these are two completely different entities with different goals. Never before have we been confronted by the need for public safety, public health and emergency responses to come together as during now as we continue to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences. More than ever before, we must speak each other’s language, or at least to understand it. We must understand what works to create understanding and partnership, and reflect not only on the evidence and tools, but better ways to share that across the law enforcement and public health agencies.
While the fields of law enforcement and public health may appear to have many disagreements on the surface, we at GLEPHA are committed to providing a safe space for all those 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.
Please join us at the LEPH 2021 conference, where all of us – be it students, practitioners, academics and the wider community – can dialogue, agree on approaches, and act to secure the wellbeing of our communities. Covid-19 has taught us that we do not need to be face to face to be close, and technology that taught us virtual platforms can connect people at any time and any place. I look forward to seeing you, connecting with you and learning from each other at the LEPH 2021 conference.
Mukta Sharma, PhD Regional Advisor, HIV/AIDS Hepatitis and Tuberculosis, WHO South East Asia Regional Office & Board of Directors, GLEPHA The aims of public health and public policing are exactly the …
A failure to consider the impact of policing on public health has frequently been a missing link between law enforcement and drug policy. Yet responsible, compassionate policing has the potential not only to improve public health, but to help heal the damaged relationship between police and the public in the wake of ongoing flashpoints of violence and structural racism. Strategic Reforms can provide a legal and political mechanism that reduces the harms of the carceral system. Responsible, compassionate policing means the inclusion of harm reduction principles and public health strategies that results in ensuring that law enforcement and public health missions are driven by the needs, values and concerns of the people they serve. … See MoreSee Less
COVID-19 is a novel disease not been previously identified in humans. Information about the disease has been unclear though more about it is being unveiled with ongoing research. Risk communication (RC) refers to exchange of real-time information, advice and opinions between experts and people facing threats to their health. It aims to enable people at risk to take informed decisions to protect themselves and others, have positive behaviour change and maintain trust. It is an effective approach during public health emergencies. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) is a front-line disaster respondent agency and maintains a strategic position in the RC National Technical working group as well as the RC pillar of the Nigeria centre for disease control.
Some NSCDC officers from various commands attended joint COVID-19 RC training of trainers alongside officers from other law enforcement outfits. The training was facilitated by the NCDC and partners with the aim of having a pool of Security stakeholders with RC capacity for COVID-19 response in Nigeria. Other objectives were; to prepare the security agencies to respond to emerging communication challenges of COVID -19 response, support response activities- especially in security compromised areas, build the capacity of the security stakeholders to address stigma and manage rumours using an integrated approach, and integrate the security agencies into the national and sub-national RC strategies.
The trained personnel made up a pool of resource persons within the Corps who cascaded the training to other key officers at their various state commands. This process empowered personnel to be knowledgeable about strategies for RC, able to follow the guidelines while carry out their assignments and able to embark on RC activities in their localities. This includes; Community Engagement meetings, Social media posts, Live Television and Radio shows. The NSCDC personnel also worked along with the NCDC rapid response teams in the states.
The NSCDC has been trained on COVID-19 RC and has been playing a significant role in carrying out RC activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has contributed to controlling the spread of the virus within under-served and security-challenged communities. … See MoreSee Less