Re-Imagining the Role of Police
A New Vision for Public Safety in Social Districts
The pandemic and social justice movement forced us to question the status quo, including the role of police in nightlife and social districts. Budget cuts to police departments have left a void in public safety in some cities. Police are still under more scrutiny than ever. Many are wary of engaging in calls for service about "nuisance" behavior lest it go viral and spark further protests. There is an opportunity to re-imagine the ideal role for all safety agencies and new partners to keep people safe and orderly when socializing.
When nightlife returns in full force and cities have less resources for police, a new plan is needed. Now is the time to determine how to evaluate risk and determine an appropriate response that engages other safety partners, including fire, EMS, health and alcohol regulatory with an organized hospitality and nightlife community.
A panel of seasoned veterans will explore the future of public safety and policing in social districts.
Former Executive Director
Major Cities Chiefs Association
Stephens is an accomplished police executive with 50 years of experience, receiving numerous awards, including the 2017 University of Cambridge Sir Robert Peel Medal for his innovative work on the SARA model. In 2015 he served as a technical advisor on the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and was a regular session moderator at RHI Summits.
Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Escareno brings 20 years of experience leading large scale agency reform, operations management, communications strategy, and public/government engagement. Chicago's Entertainment Venue Team has served as a template for cities throughout the world uniting police, fire, alcohol regulatory, and health departments for compliance and education.
Associate Vice President Public Safety
Mullen brings four decades of police and public safety administration experience, including as Charleston Police Chief during the 2015 church shooting. In his new position he coordinates multiple public safety agencies at the University and with the city of Clemson. He has served as an RHI consultant and co-authored the Public Safety and Policing Nightlife Districts.
SAVIORS OF THE NIGHT
How the Champions of Nightlife Emerged During the Pandemic
Dining and entertainment businesses have been devastated by pandemic-era restrictions. “The first to close and the last to reopen” in many cities.
Although relaxed rules around alcohol to-go and a transition to outdoor seating and take-out have provided a lifeline for some, others are barely holding on.
The future of nightlife will depend upon organized alliances and advocates to advance progressive policy and resources.
Cities fortunate enough to have a hospitality and nightlife association have benefited from advocacy and clear explanations of ever-changing rules and regulations. Association leaders have emerged as champions of the social economy, demanding a seat at the table to discuss recovery and relief. This discussion will show how local, state/province, national and international associations are working with their members and peers to repair, restore and re-imagine nightlife.
New York, NY
Tony A. Elenis
President and CEO
Chelsea Reviriego LLanta