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Culture of Policing and Police Reform

Modern policing has been the subject of significant public debate and academic scholarship over the past several decades for its role in advancing community safety effectively and being a legitimate actor in the production of durable community safety. There is significant empirical evidence on the role that police can play in reducing crime, particularly violent crime, but there is also evidence demonstrating that policing is overly violent and that there are racial disparities in use of force. Police violence and related racial disparities undermine the legitimacy of the police and therefore efforts to control crime, particularly in Black and Brown communities.

Join the Urban Institute for a conversation on the institution of policing, its effects on community safety, and the possibility of police reform, as well as findings from The Danger Imperative: Violence, Death, and the Soul of Policing, which uses rich interview and observational data to demonstrate how the institution of policing reinforces a culture of violence.


  • Jesse Jannetta, Senior Policy Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Walter Katz, Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice
  • David Pitts, Vice President, Justice Policy, Urban Institute
  • Michael Sierra-Arévalo, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin; Author, The Danger Imperative
  • Jocelyn Fontaine, Vice President for Strategic Development, Urban Institute (moderator)

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Thursday, May 16, 2024
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024
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Lunch and check-in begin at 12:00 p.m.

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  • Senior Policy Fellow
  • Vice President, Justice Policy