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02/06/2015  by John Guenther

WEBINAR: Engaging the community in public safety realignment

Webinar:
Engaging the Community in Public Safety Realignment: Effectively Working with the Public to Achieve Joint Implementation Goals
Tuesday February 24
12 p.m. to 1 p.m PST

On Tuesday February 24, California Forward presents a free webinar on how counties can effectively engage the public with their realignment efforts in order to improve the community-based approach to public safety (Register here). The presentation will include a Q&A session.

The webinar highlights the results of a brief study of public safety officials’ perspectives on engaging the community in their public safety efforts, particularly within the context of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act. A brief on this study can be found here

"CA Fwd’s ultimate goal is that counties will apply these new tools, practices and decision-making models to other county responsibilities and create a culture where data-driven decision-making is applied to policy, budget and management decisions to improve the overall effectiveness of how public dollars are spent to achieve better outcomes."
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The webinar will include brief presentations and Q&A. Specific topics include: 

• what community engagement encompasses and its value to both counties and communities; 
• common themes and learnings from interviews with county criminal justice leaders and representatives from community organizations in counties; 
• tools for successful engagement; 
• suggestions for successfully engaging communities; and 
• resources that may be helpful to counties.

The program will be lead by the authors of the Community Engagement Brief:
• Malka Kopell, Principal, Malka R. Kopell Consulting and Associate, Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento 
• Adam Sutkus, Associate Director, Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento

The webinar will also feature two former Chief Probation Officers who will discuss their experience with community engagement and suggestions for effective engagement:
• Linda Penner, Retired Chief Probation Officer, Fresno County and currently Chair of the Board of State and Community Corrections 
• Scott MacDonald, Retired Chief Probation Officer Santa Cruz County and currently a consultant with CA Fwd on the Justice System Change Initiative

More info and registration:
Engaging the Community in Public Safety Realignment: Effectively Working with the Public to Achieve Joint Implementation Goals
Tuesday February 24
12 p.m. to 1 p.m PST

Read more: CA Fwd's Realignment Community Engagement Brief

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Civic Engagement, Partnership for Community Excellence

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