Policing and Reform 2021

A panel discussion on initiatives and opportunities in Central New York and beyond.

March 31, 2021 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. ET | VIA ZOOM


CART will be provided. If you require other accommodations to fully participate in this event, please make a request to Christy Ramsdell at ceramsde@syr.edu by March 27, 2021.

Introduction by Dean Craig M. Boise


  • Kenton Buckner, Chief of Police, Syracuse Police Department
  • Lisa Kurtz, ABLE Project Director, Innovative Policing Program, Georgetown Law
  • Jimmy Oliver, Director of Community Engagement, Syracuse Police Department 
  • Sarah Reckess L’09, Director, Center for Court Innovation, Syracuse Office
  • Vernon Williams Jr., Onondaga County Legislator

Moderator: Lauryn GouldinCrandall Melvin Associate Professor of Law and Director, Syracuse Civics Initiative

About the Policing and Reform Panel Discussion

This program will explore police reform efforts in Onondaga County over the past year and connect those efforts to the broader national conversation about policing practices, including the work of the Legal Education Police Practices Consortium, a joint effort between the American Bar Association and law schools to contribute to the national effort to examine and address legal issues in policing and public safety. 

The panel will discuss topics including:

  • Police use-of-force policies
  • Active Bystander Training for Law Enforcement (ABLE Project)
  • Police-community relations
  • 911 Diversion Program
  • Suicide Prevention Task Force
  • Alternatives to arrest

Along with other key provisions of the Police Reform and Reinvention Plans recently developed by Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse.

Sponsored by Syracuse University College of Law, the Syracuse Civics Initiative, the American Constitution Society, and the Criminal Law Society.