California's Top Cops Discuss Ways to Prevent Violence Against Women
The University of San Francisco (USF), in partnership with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), will host the 19th Annual Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium this Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 6-7. A Contemporary Look Into Violence Against Women is
the theme of this timely event, addressing sexual violence against
women, human trafficking (prostitution and sex trade), and domestic
“We've seen the
horrific effects of violence against women throughout history,” said
Anthony Ribera, director of the International Institute of Criminal
Justice Leadership at USF. “Our attendees will be exposed to magnitude
of the problems stemming from this type of violence in our communities,
effective strategies used by other cities around the nation, and an
honest discussion about the core issues law enforcement must grapple
with in order to better combat crimes targeting women."
The two-day forum
will include panel discussions, individual presentations from
nationally recognized experts, and open forums. San Francisco Mayor Ed
Lee and Chief of Police Greg Suhr will give opening remarks on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Keynote speakers during the conference include:
Monday, Jan. 6 at 9:30 a.m.: San Francisco District Attorney George
Gascon will speak on sexual assaults from investigation to prosecution.
• Monday, Jan. 6
at 11 a.m.: The honorable Judge Scott Gordon of the Los Angeles Superior
Court will speak about domestic violence and the response from the
• Monday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.: Chief Dean Esserman of the New Haven, CT PD will give a keynote about children exposed to violence.
• Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8:45 a.m.: United States Attorney Melinda Haag will talk about human trafficking.
• Tuesday, Jan. 7 at noon.: Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley will discuss family justice.
USF has been home to the symposium since 1995, noted Ribera, who served as police
chief of the SFPD from 1992 to 1996 before beginning his teaching
tenure at the university. Last year, the symposium hosted more than 160
participants. In explaining the details of the symposium, Ribera
commented, "USF is honored to be hosting this symposium and welcoming
150 of our state's best law enforcement professionals. Our unique
program, the International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership, is
dedicated to ethical leadership training for criminal justice managers,
making our campus an appropriate venue for this timely event. We look
forward to a productive two days of tackling the issues surrounding
violence against women.”
In addition to
the keynote speeches, the symposium will also include panel discussions.
The first panel will focus on the advocacy community's response to
domestic violence, and will be moderated by Commander Richard Corriea of
the SFPD and Chief Jennifer Tejada of Sausalito. On Tuesday, the panel
discussion on human trafficking will be moderated by San Mateo's Chief
chiefs from across the state have been invited to participate.
Registered participants include Chris Boyd of Citrus Heights, Dave
Augustus of Marin County, Ignacio Reyes of Daly City, Susan Manheimer of
San Mateo, Greg Bowman of Rio Vista, Chris Dewey of Ukiah, Nate Johnson
of Cal State Universities, Paul Solomon of Elk Grove, Jeff Kermode of
Tehachapi, Dan Lawson of USF, Kelly McMillan of Salinas, Jim Redman of
El Cajon, Tricia Seyler of Belvedere, Jennifer Tejada of Sausalito,
Manny Martinez of Daly City, Mike Meehan of Berkeley, Phillip Sanchez of
Pasadena, Dave Spiller of Pleasanton, and Greg Suhr of San Francisco.
Proceeds from the
symposium go to the Lieutenant Barbara Hammerman Memorial Scholarship,
which is awarded to Law Enforcement Leadership students who exemplify
positive leadership in their profession and within the USF learning
will take place in the McLaren Conference Center on USF’s main
campus, Monday and Tuesday, January 6-7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. To
request media interviews with USF’s Tony Ribera, or any of the speakers,
please contact Anne-Marie Devine, senior director of media relations at
USF, at 415.422.2697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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