Welcome and Introductions, followed by discussion about the Covid-19 pandemic and police protests of 2020.

SPECIAL MEETING, September 2020

Virtual Get Together for Cohorts 1 and 2
Current Events Discussion

WORKSHOP 1, September 2020

What it Means to be a Police Officer Today in the United States

Ron Davis, Former director of the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the executive director of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Prior to serving as COPS Director, Davis served over 8 years as Chief of Police of East Palo Alto (CA) and 20 years with the Oakland (CA) Police Department. He has long been active in police reform efforts, and a frequent speaker on topics relating to “defunding” or “abolishing” the police.

WORKSHOP 2, October 2020

Police Stops

Stephen Benson, DC MPD
Demarcus Edwards, Melanin Coalition
Patrice Sultan, DC Justice Lab
James Vandermeer, DC MPD

WORKSHOP 3, November 2020

Virtual Screening and Discussion of HBO documentary film, “Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops”.

Jenifer McShane, filmmaker
Officer Joe Smarro
Officer Ernie Stevens

WORKSHOP 4, December 2020

Follow-Up Discussion to Previous Workshop about Mental Health Crisis Responses

Dennis Debbaudt, Autism Risk Safety Management
Melvin Evans, Metropolitan Police Department, Officer
Jaline D. Gilliam, Pathways to Housing, Clinical Director
Jean Harris, National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) DC, President
Timothy Hider, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) DC, Member
Melinda VanLowe, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern VA, Board Member


Informal Discussion about the Capitol Siege with all Police for Tomorrow Fellows (Cohorts 1, 2, 3)

WORKSHOP 5, February 2021

Freedom of Speech When Off-Duty. Specifically, what is okay to post on social media, to wear, or to do when off-duty? Also, have the meanings of certain symbols or actions changed since the Capitol Siege?

WORKSHOP 6, March 2021

Police Responses to Domestic Violence

Deborah Epstein, Co-Director, Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic
Sharon Marcus-Kurn, Chief of the Sex Offense and Domestic violence Section, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
Charnal Chaney, Community Family Life Services (CFLS) Speakers Bureau
Latoya Young, Dedicated Domestic Violence Advocate and National Technical Assistance Provider

WORKSHOP 7, May 2021

Criminal Legal System in DC

Representatives from the OAG, USAO, Public Defender’s office, and the Judiciary

WORKSHOP 8, June 2021

First Prep Session for conversation with MPD Chief Robert Contee, III

WORKSHOP 9, June 2021

Second Prep Session for conversation with MPD Chief Robert Contee, III

WORKSHOP 10, July 2021

Conversation with MPD Chief Robert Contee III

WORKSHOP 11, September 2021

Violence Prevention: What Works? The concept of “Violence Interruption” will be explored in particular as it relates to this topic.

Michelle Blackwell
Program Manager
National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens (NAARC)

Emily Gunston
Deputy Attorney General for Legislative Affairs and Policy and Senior Counsel Advisor, Cure the Streets
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Linda K. Harlee Harper
Director, Gun Violence Prevention
Building Blocks DC
Office of the City Administrator

Allen James
Co-Chief of Violence interruption
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Del McFadden
Executive Director
Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE)

WORKSHOP 12, October 2021

Part I. Officer Wellness

Dr. Diana Karczmarczyk
Director of Well Being, MPD

Heidi Ramsey
Wellness instructor, FBI National Academy

Travis Eagan
Former MPD Officer

Gina Orton, M.D.
Medical Officer, FBI

Part II. Brief Capstone Project Overview
Evan Douglass (Former MPD Officer and Police for Tomorrow Alumnus, Cohort Two)

WORKSHOP 13, December 2021

Capstone Project Overview

January 2022-April 2022