Improving Community-Police Relations Through Dialogue: Creating Healthier Neighborhoods for Black Families

Concurrent Sessions 3 (Invited Symposium)

Dalton Price, William D. Allen, Anthony James; Ijeoma Opara; Co-chairs: Ijeoma Opara, Soyoung Lee

3:30 PM
4:45 PM
Salon 1
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  • 142-01 - Through the Lens of a Police Officer
    By Dalton Price
  • 142-03 - Through the Lens of a Family Practitioner
    By William D. Allen
  • 142-04 - Through the Lens of a Family Scientist
    By Anthony James
  • 142-05 - Through the Lens of a Social Worker
    By Ijeoma Opara

Facilitator: Ijeoma Opara
​​​​​​​Co-chairs: Ijeoma Opara, Soyoung Lee


The goal of this symposium is to engage in productive dialogue by discussing the unique perceptions toward police-Black community relations through the lenses of a police officer, Black Lives Matter member, family science and criminology scholars. Engaging in discussions pertaining to the impact of police brutality on the lives of various Black families and the professional responsibilities of family researchers, educators, and practitioners who work with them through various outlets. In achieving this effort, we propose a symposium that brings police and family professionals together to discuss how to improve community-police relations.


1. Discuss strategies that family practitioners and academics can utilize to improve police-community relations 2. To identify barriers that police officers encounter in Black communities that interfere with their relationship with Black families 3. To identify barriers that family practitioners and academics face in working with Black families whom are fearful of the police in their neighborhoods

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