AUSTIN, Texas–The Texas Institute for Public Problem Solving, based at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, will co-host a national conference on Minorities and Women in Community Policing on Oct. 29-31 at Huston-Tillotson College.
The conference and workshops, which are designed for community members and law enforcement personnel are free and open to the public. The cost of a related luncheon on Oct. 30 is $10. Also co-sponsoring the event are the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the City of Austin Police Department.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Tx., will provide a brief keynote address during the Oct. 30 luncheon. Other conference speakers include former Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and Travis County Sheriff Margo Frasier.
The conference is part of a $20 million initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to develop training institutes to help implement community policing across the nation. The Texas Institute for Public Problem Solving received $1 million under the new initiative in 1997 and has received $750,000 for the fiscal period 1998-99. Additionally, a separate grant of $100,000 has been awarded to the institute to host a Domestic Violence Summit in 1999.
For additional information, persons interested in attending the event may contact Deidre Savoie-James, conference coordinator for TIPPS, (512) 471-0658.