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Criminology Department Plans Law Enforcement Procedures Seminar Sept. 10

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Posted: Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

Aug. 27, 2014

Saint Vincent College Department of Criminology and the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office are jointly sponsoring a seminar, Best Practices in Law Enforcement in the Next Decade, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

The program is designed to be of interest to those who work in law enforcement, district attorneys, private defense counsel and other governmental officials. Admission is free and open to the public.

The focus of the event will be to discuss the movement within law enforcement in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania known as “best practices.” These practices are designed to improve the procedures for taking confessions from defendants and for assisting witnesses in identification procedures of potential suspects. The program has already been implemented in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Allegheny Counties and it is planned for implementation in Westmoreland and surrounding counties.

Opening remarks will be delivered by State Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Greenleaf has been a member of the Pennsylvania Senate since 1979. He previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as an Upper Moreland Township Commissioner, assistant district attorney and chief of the appeals division for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and as an assistant public defender in Bucks County. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961 and the University of Toledo Law School in 1966. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Third Federal Circuit Court Eastern District, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court. He has appeared as counsel in more than 400 cases in the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts, United States Supreme Court, Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals. He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves on the committees on Appropriations, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Education and Finance.

The keynote address will be given by William G. Brooks III, chief of police of the Norwood, Massachusetts Police Department, a nationally-recognized expert on the best practices model. During his 37-year career, he has served as a patrolman, sergeant, detective sergeant and deputy chief. Brooks has been a police academy instructor for more than 30 years and a presenter on eyewitness identification for seven. He is a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Study Committee on Eyewitness Identification and is a member of a committee at the National Academy of Sciences examining eyewitness identification research. He presents nationally on behalf of the Innocence Project and was the 2012 recipient of the Innocence Network’s Champion of Justice Award. Brooks holds a masters degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

The evening will conclude with remarks by Professor John Rago of the Duquesne University School of Law. Rago has been a major contributor to the reform movement and will offer practical ideas about the implementation in various departments around the Commonwealth.

The program will be followed by a reception.

Advance reservations are requested and may be made by contacting Sandy Frye at the Saint Vincent College Department of Criminology Office, 724-805-2670 or sandra.frye@stvincent.edu.

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Photos: Stewart J. Greenleaf, William G. Brooks

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