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Keynote Speaker: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

Chief Charlie Beck was appointed Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in November 2009. Chief Beck oversees the third largest police department in the United States, managing 10,000 sworn officers and 3,000 civilian employees, encompassing an area of 473 square miles, a population of approximately 3.8 million people, and an annual budget that exceeds one billion dollars.  Having facilitated his predecessor's successful re-engineering and reform effort, Chief Beck continues to evolve and refine those strategies to further the Department's ascendancy to the pinnacle of 21st Century Policing.  Major components of this endeavor include the mitigation of crime, the reduction of gang violence, the containment of terrorism, and the continuation of the reforms that brought the Department into compliance with the Consent Decree.

 

Chief Beck was born in Long Beach, California, in 1953.  He was educated locally and attended California State University at Long Beach, where he graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in Occupational Studies-Vocational Arts.  Chief Beck was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in March 1977 after serving two years with the Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps.  In June 1984, he was promoted to Sergeant, to Lieutenant in April 1993, to Captain in July 1999, and Commander in April 2005.  In August 2006, he achieved the rank of Deputy Chief, the same rank his father, a retired Los Angeles Police Officer, had attained.

Keynote Speaker: Anne Tremblay

Anne C. Tremblay is an assistant city attorney for the City of Los Angeles and currently serves as the director of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD), a component of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety.  GRYD’s mission is to strengthen youth, family, and community resilience to the influence of gangs by fostering public-private collaborations and supporting community-based prevention, intervention, and juvenile reentry services.  Anne also oversees the City’s Summer Night Lights program which keeps parks open late to create safe, inclusive spaces in 32 neighborhoods throughout the City. 

 

Anne began her career as a deputy district attorney in Orange County in 1996 where she tried cases in the juvenile and superior courts, and prosecuted a variety of crimes, including child molestation, sexual assault, attempted murder, robbery, domestic violence, and narcotics violations.

 

She joined the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney in 2002 to work as a neighborhood prosecutor assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Division in South Los Angeles.

In this position, she worked with the police, city agencies, and area stakeholders on projects designed to improve the quality of life for area residents and increase community safety.  Anne later supervised the City Attorney's Anti-Gang Section where she led the office's gang, graffiti, and gun violence reduction strategies.  In addition, Anne was part of a team that created and administered the gang alternative sentencing program and the gang injunction removal process.

Keynote Speaker: David Kennedy

David M. Kennedy is a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and the director of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay. Mr. Kennedy and the National Network support cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities. These interventions have been proven effective in a variety of settings, have amassed a robust evaluation record, and are widely employed nationally.
 
Mr. Kennedy’s work has won two Ford Foundation Innovations in Government awards, two Webber Seavey Awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and two Herman Goldstein Awards for problem-oriented Policing. He was awarded the 2011 Hatfield Scholar Award for scholarship in the public interest. He helped develop the “Operation Ceasefire” homicide prevention strategy; High Point Drug Market Intervention strategy; the Justice Department’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative; the Treasury Department’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative; the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Market Intervention Program; and the High Point Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

David M. Kennedy is the author of Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction, co-author of Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing, and has published a wide range of articles on gang violence, drug markets, domestic violence, firearms trafficking, deterrence theory, and other public safety issues. His latest book, Don’t Shoot, One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, was published by Bloomsbury in September 2011.