Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Cedric Alexander
Our Axon Accelerate blog series is updated weekly and features event sneak peeks, speaker spotlights, insider tips, and more. This week's post highlights Dr. Cedric Alexander, Deputy Mayor in Rochester, NY, and a speaker at Axon Accelerate. Come back next week for more news on Axon Accelerate 2017.
In modern times, cameras are everywhere - inside buildings, on telephone poles, in the pockets of citizens, and on police uniforms. In a world where capturing images and videos is as easy as tapping a button, body cameras are just another technology to capture the truth. They aren't just used as evidence to defend what we do when we're questioned, but they're also used as an instrument to prevent crime and a tool for communication, accountability, and trust — values that are important to police-community relations.
Dr. Cedric Alexander brings 40 years of experience in law enforcement as well as a career as a clinical psychologist to his Axon Accelerate talk, “The Power of Trust: Approaches to Police-Community Relations”. After a long career in law enforcement, Dr. Alexander returned to school to study clinical psychology and worked as a psychologist with PTSD patients for five years. During this time, he primarily worked with members of the police force but also with the general population. In 2002, he returned to law enforcement as the deputy chief of the Rochester Police Department to work on community-police relations, where his involvement in transparency and community relations building grew.
Dr. Alexander's background with public safety and transparency led him to become a leading voice in community relations. His combined experience in law enforcement and clinical psychology deeply impacted his understanding of police community relations and shaped his understanding of the mechanics, challenges, and stresses of work in public safety. He holds strong beliefs about the importance of de-escalation, less-lethal and lethal weapons training, community relations, and communication in building a greater partnership between law enforcement and the public.
In his upcoming presentation, Dr. Alexander will delve into the history of law enforcement, how public safety work has evolved, and the ideas that a public safety community needs to consider to enhance its delivery of community police service. He will also explore the components of a successful trust-building program, and the principles and attitudes, such as neutrality and transparency, needed in order to ensure lawful and unbiased behavior.
Join us for a cocktail hour on Tuesday to chat with Dr. Alexander about his presentation and his new book “The New Guardians: Policing in America's Communities For the 21st Century”.