LAS VEGAS (July 2020) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces a three-part series of public forums on the Future of Policing beginning Thursday, Aug. 20. The series will explore the consequences of historic injustices, address the nationwide calls to reshape American policing and consider what can be done to serve all members of society more equally.
“In addition to the Museum’s in-depth exploration of organized crime, our exhibits and programs must address issues that broadly intersect with the criminal justice system,” said Jonathan Ullman, president and chief executive officer, The Mob Museum. “The Future of Policing series was developed to support the Museum’s commitment to illuminating real-time social issues that are relevant to the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. It aims to provide an opportunity for law enforcement officials, activists, researchers, policymakers, and other community members to constructively exchange ideas.”
The first installation in this series, titled “Reinventing Law Enforcement: Changing the Culture of Policing,” will include four expert panelists comprising of activists and law enforcement officials discussing police reform measures and the current social unrest following the death of George Floyd.
Reinventing Law Enforcement: Changing the Culture of Policing
- Date: Thursday, Aug. 20.
- Time: Forum discussion from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Location: The Mob Museum’s historic courtroom on the second floor
- Cost: Free
- Roxann McCoy is the current president of the Las Vegas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She oversees the local branch of the largest civil rights organization in the nation and has been proactively working to build trust between the African American community and law enforcement.
- Leisa Moseleyis an executive board member of Clark County Black Caucus. She is a passionate activist with a specific interest in racial, social and economic justice issues affecting Black and other minority communities.
- Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood is a second-generation law enforcement officer with more than three decades of law enforcement experience. During his time with the Philadelphia Police Department, Chitwood received 58 official commendations for valor, bravery, heroism and merit. In 2015, he adopted Scottish police training techniques to minimize violence within his department and credits de-escalation training to a decline in police use-of-force incidents in Volusia County, Florida.
- Assistant Sheriff Chris Darcy currently leads the Law Enforcement Investigations and Support Group at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Development Course.
All three forums will be live-streamed and accommodate a small, in-person audience based on reduced capacity to follow public health guidelines. The first program taking place on August 20 is sold out. Please email email@example.com to be added on the waitlist. Video footage of each forum will also be available after each event.
The second installment, “Race and Policing in America: A History of Conflict” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The final discussion of the three-part series will be on Thursday, Oct. 15, which will tackle “The Push for Change: Legislative Pathways to Police Reform.” For updates on The Future of Policing forum, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit TheMobMuseum.org/events/.
The program is free, but registration is required. Capacity is limited due to current public health guidelines. Media reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. The program will be available via live stream. To cover the event, please email Desiree Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring an award-winning speakeasy and distillery sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas,” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit themobmuseum.org, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.