August 12, 2016
Contact: Val Joyner, Public Affairs Officer, 636-949-3057, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Charles County, Missouri - County Executive Steve Ehlmann and the St. Charles County Police Department (SCCPD) are proud to announce that Chief David L. Todd has been invited to the White House to participate in an August 16 briefing on The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Initiative.
The Task Force was established in December 2014 to identify best practices and provide recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. In May 2015, a final report was released by the Task Force with recommendations focused on six main topic areas: Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training and Education and Officer Safety and Wellness.
“I am proud that St. Charles County has been invited to participate in this briefing,” said County Executive Ehlmann. “Chief Todd, his officers, and staff work diligently every day to advance the trusting relationships they have built within our community. We can learn from this initiative, as well as share our best practices with others.”
After reviewing the report, Chief Todd said the SCCPD already is implementing many of the recommendations. He considers it a privilege to discuss new ideas to improve community policing with experienced thought leaders who share his devotion to the profession and concern for citizens.
“It is my honor to represent the fine men and women of the St. Charles County Police Department and our citizens during this very important conversation on the future of policing,” Chief Todd said. “I look forward to discussing the recommendations and implications on everyday policing in our community. I am also excited to learn more about new technologies that can advance public safety.”
At next week’s briefing, Chief Todd and other attendees will meet with Senior Administration Officials to discuss the recommendations, share strategies for implementation, and brainstorm new ideas about how to enhance public trust and confidence in the justice system while maintaining public safety.
According to the White House website, more than 300 law enforcement officials have attended briefings this summer.