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Community Policing Expert to speak at Loyola April 24

Loyola press release - March 27, 2003

(New Orleans)—Matthew Thomas will appear at Loyola University New Orleans on April 24, 2003 at 7 p.m., to discuss “Reconnecting the Police and the Citizenry: Explaining the Implementation of Community Oriented Policing.” The event will be in Multi Media Room 2 of the Monroe Library. The free event is open to the public.

Thomas is an assistant professor of political science at California State University, Chico and an expert on the implementation of community policing in Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. Thomas has monitored the transformation of public safety in that city since a new police chief decided to institute community policing in 1998. He then worked with the Urban Institute to conduct a process evaluation of the department. Thomas’ research focuses on reform and reorganization in American policing and he is the author of several reports submitted to the National Institute of Justice.

The event is sponsored by the Loyola department of political science, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, the Phi Beta Kappa Committee and the Biever Guest Lecture Series. For additional information contact Peter Burns, department of political science, 865-2299.