Engaged Learning

USF School of Business and Professional Studies Law Enforcement Program hosts successful Symposium

by Gene Thomas

Chief George Gascon joins Tony Ribera

Professor Tony Ribera, Ph.D, Director of The USF Law Enforcement Program (and a former Chief of Police in San Francisco) hosted the annual USF International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership Symposium in a two day gathering —March 15 and 16 —of more than 170 police chiefs, and law enforcement leaders from across California, and from as far away as Washington, DC.

This year’s theme: “MORALE: A RESPONSIBILITY OF LEADERSHIP, featured a keynote speech from Chief George Gascon of The San Francisco Police Department. Chief Gascon also conducted a Chief’s Roundtable to close the symposium. Other speakers and panelists included: Chief Bernard Melekian, Director of the Federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Paul Cappitelli, Executive Director of California Peace Officers' Standards and Training; Professor Yumi Wilson, San Francisco State University; and Assistant Chief Boyd Long, of the San Diego Police Department. A industry trade show was also part of the event.

“This year’s symposium continued our tradition of providing concentrated, informative and inspiring information for law enforcement professionals, in a setting that encourages cooperation and professional fraternity, “ said Chief Ribera. “Honestly, I don’t think there’s another institution like USF and our Law Enforcement Program that could generate so much turnout, and so much generous participation from top professionals in the field. I’m real proud of what we’ve accomplished, and very pleased with what this means for our students.”