11th Annual ENPACT Forum features new Ypsilanti Police Chief Amy Walker

Editor's Note: The following was submitted by Lloyd Powell, Washtenaw County Public Defender.

There still remains a widespread and strongly held perception by many people that racial profiling continues to be regularly practiced by some law enforcement officers within our county and especially at the road patrol level.

So, in order to continue to confront the reality of that perception, or fact, we are again having our annual public forum to enable the residents of our county to have the opportunity to communicate directly with all of our law enforcement chiefs.

Thus, invitations are extended again to the public, all of our top governmental and civic leaders within our county and the Union Chiefs of our law enforcement agencies within Washtenaw County.

And in that regard, a relevant article about racial profiling was printed in the Friday, October 01, 2010 edition of the Detroit Free Press on their OPINION page.

The link to the article follows and we encourage you to read it: http://www.freep.com/article/201010010300/OPINION05/10010325

This will be our Eleventh Annual ''Enhancement of Police and Community Trust'' (ENPACT) Public Forum that is always held as part of our Washtenaw County Bar Associations' Annual Bias Awareness Week, held during the third full week of October - and for this year, that will be the week of Monday, October 18 through Thursday, October 21, 2010, with our ENPACT Public Forum being On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from noon - 2:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at the Service Center, as was done last year.

As has been past practice, all members who have comprised our ENPACT Coalition over the years will continue to co-sponsor and support this important annual public forum.

And, as you know also from the past, our ENPACT Coalition has been comprised of both the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti-Willow Run Branches of the NAACP, the Black Employees Association of Washtenaw County Government (BEAWCG), Citizens for Justice, the Huron Valley Association of Black Social Workers), the ACLU of Michigan, the ACLU of Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) and the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Criminal Law Section - all in collaboration with the WCCJA (Washtenaw County Criminal Justice Association) and the Union Presidents of the various law enforcement agencies throughout our county.

Our theme always centers on having ''A Safe, Secure and Just Community'' with County Prosecutor Brian L. Mackie joining me again as your hosts.

I will also serve as your moderator as has been done for the past 10 years (i.e. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and now the ELEVENTH year of 2010).

Pizzas, fresh veggies, cookies and beverages will be provided the same as last year by Prosecutor Brian Mackie and we will be prepared to accommodate approximately 75 - 100 attendees from the public- at- large.

In addition to including a few newcomers, our panelists are expected to again be County Prosecutor Brian Lee Mackie, County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones, Pittsfield Township Director of Public Safety Matthew Harshberger, our local Michigan State Police Post Director, Wynonia Sturdivant, Saline Police Chief Paul Bunten, University of Michigan Director of Public Safety Ken Magee, Eastern Michigan University Police Chief and Executive Director of Public Safety Greg O'Dell, Milan Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis, Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth, Northfield Township Director of Public Safety William Wagner and Ypsilanti Township Supervisor of Police Services Mike Radzik.

Ypsilanti's new Police Chief Amy Walker will be our guest speaker.

Also, as our Law Enforcement Chiefs are introduced by the Moderator, they may elect to make a few remarks (hopefully only 2.5 to 5 minutes) or defer speaking to instead dialogue later with attendees from the public in responding to any specific questions that they may have.

In addition to following the Agenda below, we hope to get more of the Union Presidents to attend so we may dialogue with them also as a part of our overall audience participation.

So, my friends, please remember to reserve Wednesday, October 20, 2010 on your calendar to again attend this important event where a delicious free lunch will also be provided by Washtenaw County's Chief law Enforcement Officer, County Prosecutor Brian Lee Mackie.

Lloyd E. Powell

http://publicdefender.ewashtenaw.org.

Eleventh Annual Public Forum on the Enhancement of Police and Community Trust (ENPACT)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from Noon to 2:30 p.m. at the learning Resource Center (LRC), Service Center, Washtenaw at Hogback/Carpenter, Ann Arbor.

AGENDA

12:00 p.m. Introduction County Public Defender Lloyd Powell.

12:05 p.m. Guest Speaker Ypsilanti Police Chief Amy Walker.

12:10 p.m. Panel Speaker County Prosecutor Brian Mackie.

12:15 p.m. Panel Speaker County Sheriff Jerry Clayton.

12: 20 p.m. Panel Speaker Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones.

12: 25 p.m. Panel Speaker Pittsfield Township Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger.

12: 30 p.m. Panel Speaker Saline Police Chief Paul Bunten.

12:35 p.m. Panel Speaker UM Public Safety Director and Police Chief Ken Magee.

12:40 p.m. Panel Speaker EMU Police Chief and Executive Director of Public Safety Greg O'Dell.

12:45 pm Panel Speaker Milan Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis

12:50 p.m. Panel Speaker Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth.

12:55 p.m Panel Speaker Northfield Township Director of Public Safety William Wagner.

1 p.m. Panel Speaker Ypsilanti Twp. Supervisor Of Police Services Mike Radzik.

1:05 p.m. Questions Moderator, Attendees and Chiefs.

2:30 p.m. Closing Moderator.

Free Pizzas, Fresh Veggies, Cookies and Beverages will be provided courtesy of County Prosecutor Brian Lee Mackie of ''Citizens for Justice'' and attendees are free to eat throughout presentation.

Published: Thu, Oct 14, 2010

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