Racial differences in arrests: are community-police partnerships a solution?

06.17 Mon

Join us for a conversation with two leading experts on race and community-police partnerships.  Baltimore’s own Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Russell and national scholar Dr. Phillip Goff will address some provocative issues: What are the underlying causes of racial differences in arrests?  What role does implicit bias play? Can communities and police work together in a meaningful way?

Joe Jones, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Families and OSI-Baltimore board member, will serve as moderator.

Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD, is the Executive Director of Research for the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity and Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a leader in psychological research on race, gender, and policing.


Lt. Col. Melvin Russell is a 32-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department and serves as the Chief of its Community Partnerships Division. He previously served as the commanding officer of Baltimore’s Eastern District.



This event is part of OSI-Baltimore’s Talking About Race Series, co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which continues to explore the many different facets of this complex subject.

Event Details

When: Mon June 17, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Enoch Pratt Free Library, Wheeler Auditorium, Baltimore, MD 21201
Tickets: This event is free and open to the public.