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It's Not What You Think: A Citizen's Guide to American Law Enforcement NEW (F23-25) Middleburg Heights Community Church

Wednesdays, September 13 - October 18, 2023 | 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM [IN PERSON]

Although cop shows have been staples of American popular culture for decades, few viewers understand the history, organization and evolution of the nation's 18,000 law enforcement agencies.  Today, as demands for police reform continue to roil American politics, concerned citizens can benefit from a basic understanding of American policing.

We will examine the history of American law enforcement and police organization and operations, highlighting key issues in the debate over the future of American policing including accountability, training, use of force, personnel practices and civilian rights.

Presenter: Walter Topp

Walter Topp is a writer who has published articles on local and military history. He has also worked as a newspaper reporter, technical writer, U.S. Navy officer, police officer and emergency management director. He holds an M.S. from the U.S. Army War College and an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University.

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