APD Annual Reports - 2018 Annual Report - Page 20

Social Justice Police Chief Will Johnson was selected by the COPS Office and the International Association of Chiefs of Police to present on critical topics of hiring, recruitment and retention. Chief Johnson spoke about how organizational values drive culture and organizational culture drives recruiting. The department’s Coach 5-0 Program continues to be a huge success with officers and professional staff employees mentoring student athletes on the sidelines and in the classrooms. Teens are able to interact with staff in non- traditional ways to build rapport. 20 | 2018 Annual Report Hate Crimes Training & Panel – The department, in coordination with the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, Civil Rights Associates, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police – Human and Civil Rights Committee provided an 8-hour training and panel discussion for prosecutors and detectives. The focus of the event was to provide expertise in managing community conversations, investigating and prosecuting hate crimes, and the proper reporting requirements to accurately reflect incidents that occur. Unity in the Community – In February, Police Chief Will Johnson joined Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams for a citywide worship service hosted by Mount Olive Baptist Church. The service’s theme of unity was prevalent through music and testimony. Police Chief Will Johnson has chaired the International Association of Chiefs of Police Human and Civil Rights Committee for the past four years. In October he passed the baton to Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best. Under Chief Johnson’s leadership and tenure, the committee accomplished a great deal toward advocacy and protection of civil rights for all persons. Civil Rights Discussion with Arlington ISD – In February, Police Chief Will Johnson along with Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos met with a 9 th grade class at Bowie High School to talk about the global and national impact of social justice move- ments since the 1950s. Police Chief Will Johnson participated in the U.S. Department of Justice Law Enforcement Roundtable on Improving the Identification and Prevention of Hate Crimes. This is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to spur communication and set the standards for hate crime reporting across the nation.