On September 10, the Career and Academic Community team from St. Petersburg College‘s Public Safety, Public Policy, and Legal Studies division hosted an event called Policing and Minority Communities: A Candid Conversation with Delrish Moss. This event was the second in the Policing and Minority Community Discussion Series. The first was held over the summer: Policing and Minority Communities: A candid conversation with Dr. Pernell Witherspoon and SPC Professor Michael Hughes.
Moss is the former Chief of Police for the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department, appointed after the civil unrest following the death of Michael Brown in 2014. He was the first African American appointed to this position. He discussed policing in minority communities following the recent events of high-profile police involved incidents that have occurred in recent months. His passion for the topic and his commitment to developing community relationships was a highlight of this conversation.
More than 255 attendees joined in on Zoom for this engaging discussion, which included 80 questions submitted by students, faculty and staff. Dr. Laurie King, SPC Professor of Applied Ethics, helped organize the event after reading an editorial he wrote for the Miami Herald. She said offered a ray of hope in troubled times.
“Delrish Moss’ passion for involving the community in creating a positive policing environment was so engaging,” King said. “His insight into our very complicated, ongoing issues gave me hope that solutions do exist if we all choose to work toward that common goal.”
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Additionally, here is a LibGuide on Policing and Minority Communities that was built with the support of SPC’s Learning Resources department.