Policing Los Angeles

Policing Los Angeles Forum

We recognize that the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department are among the largest policing organizations in the nation, and indeed the world. These institutions are responsible for serving and protecting around 14 million people. The community of Los Angeles is an economically, socially and demographically diverse group that presents multiple, complex challenges to social welfare, public order and crime control. In facing these challenges, LAPD and the Sheriff's Department, along with the federal law enforcement agencies, are at the forefront of police organization and police tactics worldwide. What happens in Los Angeles, historically and currently, sets the standards for policing around the globe.

Our goal is to provide a forum in which to discuss core developments in police organization and policing in Los Angeles; to evaluate their impact on the communities around the city; and to develop strategies for innovation and change. We seek to create a series of conversations about Policing Los Angeles, seeking input from diverse groups, including LAPD and L.A. County Sheriff's Department, as well as the police unions; members of the Los Angeles, California and United States legislative and executive officials; city, state, and federal prosecutors and defense counsel; local NGOs and civic activists; academic experts; members of the media; the Loyola student body; and the Los Angeles public.

The Policing Los Angeles Forum Series plans to focus on five overlapping issues:

  1. Technological innovations in policing
  2. Privatization of policing functions
  3. Bail reform
  4. Police administration and policy-making
  5. Police recruitment and training

Police Policy-Making

Are privately written police policies in the public interest? It depends on whom you ask, guests learned at the Police Policy-Making event held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Moderated by Loyola Law School Professor Eric J. Miller, Leo J. O'Brien Fellow, the panel featured law-enforcement scholars, police watchdogs and a police chief. [Watch now]

Police Body Cameras

The panel will discuss the law and policy surrounding the collection and dissemination of police-worn body camera video. The video is often important evidence when force is used. But police body camera video also raises important privacy concerns, both for the police officers and the public who are captured on the video. [Watch now]